The Syrian town of Kobani in 2014. The US-led coalition has carried out more than 27,000 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria since August 2014.  Photograph: Gokhan Sahin/Getty Images

Perhaps the most significant set of events in the Middle East over the past 12 months has been the near total elimination of the radical jihadist move(...)

Fighters loyal to al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, Tahrir al-Sham (then known as Jabhat al-Nusra) and its allies smash a statue of the late Syrian president Hafez al-Assad in Idlib in March 2015. Photograph: Sami Ali/AFP/Getty

Jihadists affiliated with al-Qaeda have seized control of most of Syria’s north- western province of Idlib, emerging as the most powerful insurgent fa(...)

US president Barack Obama: his decision shows “a belated realisation that Nusra has become the most powerful insurgent group in Syria”. Photograph: Ron Sachs/Getty Images

US president-elect Donald Trump has reiterated his intention of joining the Syrian government in the battle against Islamic State, also known as Isis(...)

Jabhat al-Nusra fighters march towards the northern Syrian village of al-Aie in Aleppo province. The group is the most powerful fundamentalist faction in the country. Photograph: Al-Nusra Front via AP

The decision to cut ties between al-Qaeda central and its official Syrian branch, Jabhat al-Nusra, was a tactical ploy to convince the US to remove th(...)

  Iraqi security forces detain dozens of men from  Fallujah  for interrogation on suspicion of belonging to Isis during a military operation  to take back the city. Photograph:  EPA

Territorial losses in both Syria and Iraq are driving Islamic State (Isis) to lash out with suicide and car bombings targeting mainly Shias in Baghdad(...)

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. Photograph: Getty

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri pledged the group’s allegiance to the new head of the Afghan Taliban, in an audio statement posted online, showing t(...)

Fighters from a coalition of rebel groups called “Jaish al Fateh” in an underpass near Psoncol, in the Idlib countryside, Syria. Photograph: Mohamad Bayoush/Reuters

Thousands of Iranian, Afghan and Iraqi fighters have arrived in Syria to defend Damascus and its suburbs against Islamic State (IS), which has said it(...)

Paying their respects: Parisians outside the Charlie Hebdo offices the day after the attack. Photograph: Marc Piasecki/Getty

Each time crusaders triumphed over Muslims in the Middle Ages, bells pealed from the spires of Christendom. The bells of Notre Dame Cathedral tolle(...)

An Egyptian man pleaded guilty in New York today to charges stemming from the deadly 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 2(...)

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahri announces the formation of an Indian branch of his militant group yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has launched a new branch of his global Islamist extremist movement on the Indian subcontinent to wage jihad in a(...)

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