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A man purported to be Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at a mosque in Mosul, according to a video recording posted on online on July 5th, 2014. Photograph: Reuters

US and Iraqi officials believe the leader of the so-called Islamic State (Isis), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has left commanders behind with diehard followe(...)

Donald Trump with his former security adviser Michael Flynn (right). Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

The resignation of US president Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, is an internal matter for the United States, Kremlin spokesma(...)

Travel writer and backpacker  Jonny Blair   at the Blue Mosque in Mazar-i-Sharif during a 2016 visit: The city – the third-largest in Afghanistan – was one of the first to fall in 2001 after the American-led invasion

From Bangor, Co Down, Jonny Blair has travelled to Afghanistan, Iraq, El Salvador and many places you may not have even ever heard of – such as Transn(...)

A  man photographs a mural showing Donald Trump blowing marijuana smoke into the mouth of Vladimir Putin in Vilnius, Lithuania. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty

Cuddle up to the Kremlin and do not be surprised when you are burnt. There is no need to believe the lurid, unverified tales about Russian efforts to (...)

People gather at the site of car bomb attack in a busy square at Baghdad’s sprawling Sadr City district on Monday. Photograph: Reuters

Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb in Baghdad’s Sadr City district on Monday which killed 24 people and wounded 67 others. (...)

Iraqi pro-government forces on patrol in eastern Mosul during the military operation against Islamic State. Photograph: AFP

Iraqi security forces yesterday began the second phase of their offensive against Islamic State militants in Mosul, pushing from three directions into(...)

US president-elect Donald Trump speaks at a “Thank You USA” tour rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

The CIA has concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help president-elect Donald Trump win the White House, and not just to undermine(...)

A family flees fighting as oil fields burn in Qayyara, Iraq. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/New York Times

Each day, dozens of families pick their way out, some carrying white flags even as they come under mortar or sniper fire from Islamic State. Billowin(...)

A boy plays with a homemade toy gun in Qayara, south of Mosul, Iraq. For months, residents of the Iraqi town of Qayara have lived in darkness from a cloud of toxic fumes released by oil fields lit by retreating Islamic State fighters. Photograph: AP Photo/Felipe Dana

US forces backing an Iraqi army campaign against Islamic State in Mosul carried out an air strike on a bridge spanning the Tigris river, restricting m(...)

 A man kisses a soldier from the Iraqi Special Forces 2nd division as they queue to have their ID checked. Photograph: Anderson Odd/Getty Images

US-backed Iraqi troops expanded their foothold on the eastern side of Islamic State’s stronghold of Mosul on Friday, as the group pledged to mount mor(...)

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