The family home of Tarkhan Batirashvili/Abu Omar al-Shishani in the village of Birkiani. He hasn’t been seen in the Pankisi Gorge since being released from jail and going to Turkey in 2012, and is now understood to be the leader of a radical group fighting in Syria. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Like tearaways in the west gunning their cars away from the lights, the young Kists spurred on their steeds and tore off down Duisi’s main street. (...)

Isis fighters waving flags in a military parade along the streets of Syria’s northern Raqqa province. The jihadist group’s latest gains in Syria are more incremental than its sweep through north and west Iraq in June, but they highlight the continued expansion of a group which two years ago had no presence in the country. Photograph: Reuters

Islamic militants have taken control of most of eastern Syria as they build on the momentum of their advance through Sunni Muslim provinces of neighbo(...)

Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, called the Isis offensive “a very dangerous mistake” by the Iraqi militants. Photograph: Reuters

Iran has reacted with relative calm to the offensive by the extremist Sunni Muslim group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in Iraq (Isis), also known(...)