Al-Qaeda militant Abdelmalek Droukdel has been killed by French forces in Mali. File photograph: Thomas Coex/AFP via Getty

France said on Friday its military forces had killed al-Qaeda’s North Africa chief Abdelmalek Droukdel, a key Islamist fighter that its forces had bee(...)

French President Emmanuel Macron lays a wreath of flowers for VE day at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Photograph: Charles Platiau/AFP via Getty Images

Seventy-five years ago crowds massed in the streets of Europe, singing and dancing as their leaders announced the end of six years of bloody war. On (...)

 Civilians carry their belongings over their head as they flee amid Turkish bombardment on Syria’s northeastern town of Ras al-Ain in the Hasakeh province along the Turkish border. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AF

  Turkish ground troops have stepped up their offensive against Kurdish forces in north-eastern Syria, seizing villages and continuing an aerial(...)

Emilie Konig, a 33-year-old French woman suspected of recruiting fighters for  Islamic State and now in the custody of the Kurdish Syrian  People’s Protection Units, speaking at an undisclosed location in Syria. Her future is uncertain. In Baghdad, more than 40 foreign women accused of joining Isis have  been sentenced to death. Photograph: YPG press office/AFP/Getty Images

In a small holding room in a Baghdad court, French citizen Djamila Boutoutao cradled her two-year-old daughter and begged for help. Boutoutao (29) is(...)

Operation Hamilton: Rafale fighter jets prepare to take off for Syria on Friday night, from a military base in eastern France. Photograph: ECPAD/French Military via Reuters

French participation in strikes against three chemical-weapons sites in Syria in the early hours of Saturday morning marked the most significant milit(...)

Fighters of the Hashed Al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization units) flash the victory sign  in  Tal Afar, west of Mosul,  August 26th, 2017. Photograph: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

Iraqi forces raised the national flag on Saturday in the heart of Tal Afar, Islamic State’s stronghold in Iraq’s northwest, and said they were poised (...)