James Foley

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Peter Theo Curtis, a US writer and journalist, who was reportedly released by a militant group in Syria after nearly two years of captivity. Photograph: EPA

An American writer released this week from two years in the captivity of insurgents in Syria is doing well and is excited to be free, his mother said (...)

US president Barack Obama who has authorised surveillance flights over Syria, a precursor to potential airstrikes there. Photograph: Reuters

President Barack Obama has authorized surveillance flights over Syria, a precursor to potential airstrikes there, but a mounting concern for the White(...)

File photograph of US journalist James Foley speaking at a university in Illinois after being released from imprisonment in Libya in this 2011. Photograph: Tommy Giglio/Reuters/Northwestern University/Handout

The parents of murdered American journalist James Foley have released a letter their son wrote during his time in captivity.Mr Foley was kidnapped in (...)

Course of action: US president Barack Obama golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, Martha’s Vineyard, at the weekend. Photograph: Steven Senne/AP

Fore! Score? And seven trillion rounds ago, our forecaddies brought forth on this continent a new playground, conceived by Robert Trent Jones, and ded(...)

The beheading of American journalist James Foley is only the latest in a catalogue of atrocities perpetrated by the Sunni militants of the Islamic Sta(...)

An Islamic State militant uses announces to residents of Taqba city that Tabqa air base has fallen to his group. Photograph: Reuters

Senior Republicans yesterday called for expanded air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and for the first time in Syria, to destroy th(...)

Peter Theo Curtis:  in an undated still frame taken from video courtesy of Al Jazeera: he was abducted near the Syria-Turkey border in October 2012. Photograph: Reuters/Al Jazeera

An American journalist held captive for nearly two years by al-Qaeda’s official branch in Syria has been freed. The journalist, Peter Theo Curt(...)

A man holds up a sign in memory of US journalist James Foley during a protest against the Assad regime in Syria in Times Square in New York. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Britain is close to identifying a suspected British national shown beheading American journalist James Foley in a video released by Islamic State mil(...)

British home secretary Theresa May said she was preparing new laws to tackle Islamist militants in the UK and to stop them going abroad to fight. Photograph: PA

Britain has said it planned tougher laws to deal with British Islamist militants after Islamic State (IS) fighters in the Middle East released a video(...)

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (l) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey at a press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington on August 21st 2014. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Two suicide bombers in Iraq killed at least 17 people in apparent revenge attacks after a major assault on a Sunni mosque heightened sectarian tensio(...)

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