Displaced: a Syrian woman who has fled Raqqa wails after passing through a Turkish border gate in September. Photograph: Orhan Cicek/Anadolu/Getty

Islamic State’s dramatic conquest of Mosul, Iraq’s second city, on June 10th and the brutal beheading of five westerners shocked other countries into (...)

Isis commander Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, shown in a US state department wanted poster. Photograph: Reuters

In the scheme of prominent jihadi leaders, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State of Iraq in Syria (Isis), is among the most mysterious.(...)

Iraqi security force presonnel detain suspected members of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria in Jurf al-Sakhar. Isis is the most brutal and feared of the radical jihadi movements spawned in the Levant since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq. Photograph: Mushtaq Muhammed/Reuters

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis) is the most brutal and feared of the radical jihadi movements spawned in the Levant since the 2003 US invas(...)