Alexanda Kotey and Shafee Elsheikh. Photograph: Syrian Democratic Forces/Handout via Reuters

Labour has accused Britain’s home secretary Sajid Javid of “abhorrent and shameful” behaviour in agreeing not to seek an assurance that two British al(...)

Alexanda Kotey (left) and El Shafee Elsheikh: were part of group allegedly responsible for murdering approximately two dozen hostages in Syria.

Relatives of the victims of an Islamic State torture and murder cell known as “the Beatles” have expressed relief that the two remaining members have (...)

British citizen Mohammed Emwazi, known as ‘Jihadi John’, brandishes a knife in a 2014 video obtained from SITE Intel Group on February 26th, 2015. Photograph: Reuters

An Islamic State magazine has released a eulogy for ‘Jihadi John’, a member of the militant group who gained notoriety for his filmed execution of hos(...)

Islamic State members ask people to go back to the city centre at the Turkish Akcakale crossing gate in Sanliurfa province in June. Turkey has said it was taking measures to limit the flow of Syrian refugees on to its territory. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

The names of European jihadis who have used Turkey to return to Europe evoke some of the worst tragedies to visit the continent in recent years. The w(...)

Nicolas Hénin being greeted by his children at Villacoublay military airport outside Paris after his release from captivity  in April 2014. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

A French journalist held hostage by Islamic State for 10 months, has made an impassioned plea against bombing Syria, saying it was a trap that would o(...)

A peshmerga soldier on Highway 47, which links Mosul and Raqqa: Families of Islamic State fighters are believed to be  attempting to flee to Mosul in Iraq where IS also holds sway. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

Residents in Islamic State’s de facto capital Raqqa are trapped in the Syrian city as the militants attempt to consolidate and put a brave face on re(...)

A masked, black-clad militant, who has been identified by the Washington Post newspaper as a Briton named Mohammed Emwazi, brandishes a knife in this still file image from a 2014 video obtained from SITE Intel Group February 26, 2015.  REUTERS/SITE Intel Group

The video footage of Mohammed Emwazi aka Jihadi John from his school days is difficult to erase from the memory. Partly because of the obvious contras(...)

Mohammed Emwazi, or ‘Jihadi John’: according to a school yearbook, he was a fan of Manchester United and the band S Club 7, and his ambition was to become a football player. Photograph: Site Intel Group/Reuters

He was neither a military commander nor a political leader in the so-called Islamic State (IS), but Mohammed Emwazi, or “Jihadi John”, was the most fa(...)

Smoke rises from the site of US-led air strikes in the town of Sinjar, Iraq. Photograph: Ari Jalal/Reuters

Kurdish forces backed by US air strikes have seized the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar from Islamic State (IS), giving the jihadists’ opponents an impo(...)

 A file composite image showing two still frames from a video released by the Islamic State (IS) showing IS militant known as ‘Jihadi John’ and identified as British national  Mohammed Emwazi, who was born in Kuwait and is from London, Britain. Photograph: EPA

British prime minister David Cameron said on Friday that if US forces had succeeded in killing the militant known as “Jihadi John” in Syria, it would (...)

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