Journalist: James Foley films an attack on Muammar Gadafy’s home in Sirte, Libya, in 2011. Photograph:  John Cantlie/Getty

They had spent many dark months together, at times shackled to one another by their youthful captors, several of whom taunted them with European accen(...)

Self-elevated: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Photograph: AP Photo/Iraqi InteriorMinistry

He’s considered the new Osama bin Laden, the most prominent leader of Sunni Muslim Salafists and jihadis. In recent weeks, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi stunn(...)

A member loyal to Isis waves a flag of allegiance to the militant group, in Raqqa. Photograph: Reuters

Islamist militants, who have declared an Islamic “caliphate” in an area straddling Iraq and Syria, trumpeted the declaration in several videos. (...)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said the Islamic Republic “will not tolerate this violence and terrorism . . . we will fight and battle violence and extremism and terrorism in the region and the world”. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

Iran has reportedly intervened in the Iraq conflict, deploying a branch of the Revolutionary Guards to bolster Iraqi government troops who have bee(...)

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(...)

Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has called on Muslims to kidnap Westerners, particularly Americans, who could then be exchanged for jailed jihadists. Image: SITE Monitoring Service via Reuters TV.

Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has called on Muslims to kidnap Westerners, particularly Americans, who could then be exchanged for jailed jih(...)

Tribal fighters gesture after deploying themselves on the streets of Ramadi yesterday. In a statement on state television, Iraq’s prime minister Nuri al-Maliki called on tribal leaders to drive out militants who last week seized key towns in the desert leading to the Syrian border. Photograph: Ali al-Mashhadani/Reuters

Iraq’s prime minister has appealed to the residents of the besieged city of Falluja to expel al-Qaeda-linked insurgents, who have seized control of(...)

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi shout slogans against the military and interior ministry during a protest in front of Al Istkama mosque at Giza Square, south of Cairo on Sunday. Photograph: Reuters

Muslim Brotherhood protest marches took place across Egypt yesterday after armed forces commander Gen Abdul Fattah el-Sisi warned that troops would re(...)

Muslim worshippers attend Friday prayers during the holy month of Ramadan at the Data Darbar mosque in Lahore, Pakistan. Photograph: Mohsin Raza /Reuters

The US pulled most US diplomats from its consulate in Lahore because of security threats posed by extremist groups in the region. The state department(...)

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