Secretary of defence Mark Esper: ‘The United States will not tolerate attacks against our people, our interests or our allies.’ Photograph: New York Times

US president Donald Trump has authorised the US military to respond to Wednesday’s rocket attack by Iran-backed militia in Iraq that killed two Americ(...)

Afghan security officials parade a group of suspected militants allegedly accused of planning attacks on government and security forces after their arrest, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on Tuesday. Photograph: Ghulamullah Habibi/EPA

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani has signed a decree to release 1,500 Taliban prisoners as a move to launch direct talks between the Afghan government an(...)

A Syrian soldier films the damage to the Syrian Scientific Research Centre  which was attacked by US., British and French military strikes in Barzeh, near Damascus, Syria. Photograph: Hassan Ammar/AFP

After six days of deliberations and bellicose rhetoric, the air strikes against Syria were largely a symbolic act by the US, the UK and France, with t(...)