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US secretary of defence Ash Carter:  “There is now a criminal syndicate that is exploiting these poor people and this is an organised smuggling operation,” he said. “Targeting that is the way that the greatest effect can be had.” Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Nato will send military vessels to the Aegean Sea to help Turkey and Greece crack down on criminal networks smuggling migrants and refugees into Euro(...)

Iraqi mourners carry the body of one of the soldiers who  died the previous day in “friendly fire” from a US-led coalition aircraft west of Baghdad. Photograph: Haidar Hamdani/AFP/Getty Images

A US aircraft appears to have mistakenly carried out an air strike that killed Iraqi security forces near the city of Fallujah, US defence secretary A(...)

General director of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), or Doctors Without Borders, Christopher Stokes (right) speaks as head of the  Kunduz incident management team Michiel Hofman  looks on during a press conference in Kabul on November 5th, 2015. Photograph: Aref Karimi/AFP/Getty Images

Medical aid group Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said on Thursday it was hard to believe a US strike on an Afghan hospital last month was a mistake, a(...)

Men on motorcycles inspect a site hit by what activists said were air strikes carried out by the Russian air force in the town of Babila, in the southern countryside of Idlib, Syria. Photograph: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

The United States will largely abandon its failed efforts to train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State, and instead provide arms and equipme(...)

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter at a Nato defence ministers meeting in Brussels. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

Nato will double the size of its emergency response force and may send ground troops to Turkey, its secretary general said yesterday. Speaking after (...)

A handout provided by Medecins Sans Frontieres shows the hospital in Kunduz. Photograph: MSF handout/EPA

Medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has said it is ‘disgusted’ by Afghan government claims justifying a suspected US air strike that kill(...)

Ashley Madison founder Noel Biderman. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

Emails sent by the founder of infidelity website AshleyMadison.com appear to have been exposed in a second, larger release of data stolen from its (...)

Gun-toting citizens are showing up at military recruiting centres around the US. Photograph: Rose Baca/The Dallas Morning News via AP

Armed civilians who have volunteered to guard military recruiting stations across the US in the wake of the mass shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee, h(...)

US defence secretary Ashton Carter meeting Saudi King Salman (right) at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Wednesday. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AFP/Getty Images

US defence secretary Ash Carter said after talks in Saudi Arabia that Iran’s “potential for aggression” was a shared concern as he moved to bolster d(...)

Members of the Assyrian Gozarto Protection Forces, consisting of Sutoro militia, a pro-Syrian government Syriac Christian movement, and other Assyrian fighters rest and drink tea before heading to  the front line in the battle against  Islamic State in the northeastern Syrian province of Hasakeh on July 13th. Photograph: Youssef Karwashan/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State’s reclusive leader has empowered his inner circle of deputies as well as regional commanders in Syria and Iraq with wide-ranging authori(...)

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