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Soldiers pick their way through the ruins of Mosul, Iraq, on Tuesday. Photograph: Rukmini Callimachi/New York Times

Iraqi forces clashed with Islamic State militants holding out in Mosul’s Old City on Wednesday, more than 36 hours after Baghdad declared victory over(...)

 Sir John Chilcot, chairman of the public inquiry into the Iraq War, has said that he does not believe former prime minister Tony Blair (above)  was ‘straight with the nation’ about his decisions in the run-up to the 2003 conflict. Photograph: PA

Sir John Chilcot has said he does not believe Tony Blair was “straight with the nation” about his decisions in the run-up to the Iraq war. The chairm(...)

The al-Hadba minaret of  the Grand al-Nuri Mosque is seen through a  window in the Old City of Mosul on June 1st. Photograph: Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters

The leaning al-Habda minaret that has towered over Mosul for 850 years lay in ruins on Thursday, demolished by retreating Islamic State militants, bu(...)

Zak Moradi arrived in Ireland aged 11

The Lory Meagher Cup final on Saturday will be noteworthy for a number of firsts. It will be the first time a Leitrim senior hurling team has played (...)

An unmanned aircraft in  the Middle East. The history of US intervention in the region might have been avoided if in 1919 US president Woodrow Wilson had acted on recommendations of a commission he appointed to survey Arab opinion on governance following the collapse of the Ottoman empire. Photograph: Getty Images

US political and military intervention in the Middle East began 68 years ago, and has grown deeper and increasingly destructive since Washington’s 199(...)

Korean People’s Army soldiers march through Kim Il-Sung square during a military parade  marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang on Saturday. Photograph: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea, a small and poor country facing far stronger adversaries and the perpetual threat of its own collapse, would not seem a likely state to d(...)

 USS Porter  launching a missile strike while in the Mediterranean Sea, 07 April 2017. The United States military launched at least 50 tomahawk cruise missiles against al-Shayrat military airfield near Homs, Syria, in response to the Syrian military’s alleged use of chemical weapons in an airstrike in a rebel held area in Idlib province. EPA/US NAVYEPA/US NAVY

President Donald Trump’s airstrikes against Syria were of dubious legality. They were hypocritical. They were impulsive. They may have had political m(...)

In a photo provided by the White House, Donald Trump and administration figures are briefed on the strike on an air base in Syria at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida. Photograph: Shealah Craighead/The White House via The New York Times

So now we know what it takes for an unhinged, bigoted demagogue to get liberal applause: just bypass the constitution to fire some missiles. It had s(...)

Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad. The US air strike on Friday morning is a significant blow to his regime.  Photograph: Syrian presidency/AP

The US strike against the regime of Bashar al-Assad is first and foremost a symbolic act – a show of strength that does not commit Washington to any p(...)

Hasankeyf’s main thoroughfare will be submerged when the Ilisu dam is completed. Photograph: Stephen Starr

Arkansas-native John Crofoot’s depressing rundown of the imminent threats facing Hasankeyf can barely be heard above the constant rattle of trucks cro(...)

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