Sunni Muslims

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A member loyal to Islamic State waves a flag in Raqqa in 2014. FIle photograph: Reuters

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A picture taken inside one of the busses attacked on Saurday. Photograph: AFP/Omar haj kadour

The death toll from a bomb attack on a crowded bus convoy outside Aleppo has reached at least 126 in the deadliest such incident in Syria in almost a (...)

Syrian Democratic Forces fighters near destroyed airplane parts inside Tabqa military airport after taking control of it from Islamic State fighters, west of Raqqa city, Syria, earlier this week. Photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

In the summer of 2014, the movement that became known as Islamic State took the world by surprise when it seized the Iraqi towns of Mosul, Tikrit and (...)

US president Donald Trump signs an executive order to impose tighter vetting of travellers entering the United States on Friday in Washington. Photograph: Reuters

US president Donald Trump fought back on Sunday amid growing international criticism, outrage from civil rights activists and legal challenges over h(...)

New generation: 18-year-old Aisha Siwar, 17-year-old Hannah Abushaban, 21-year-old Marwan Akari and 19-year-old Yara Alagha. Photographs: Alan Betson

They are an upcoming generation of Irish Muslims – probably the first to have grown up in Ireland in significant numbers. After several members of (...)

A man pictured  at the Khan al-Jumruk entrance to  the government controlled Old City of Aleppo, Syria  on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

What was so special about Aleppo, sitting on a bleak and dusty plain with no river, oasis, port or sheltering mountains, that led it to become Syria’(...)

Everybody in Istanbul seemed to be quoting Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s famous remark about democracy being a train you get off once you reach your destination. Photograph: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

Opposite Istanbul, in the Sea of Marmara, there is an archipelago of small islands which is one of the most picturesque places in Turkey. In the 19th (...)

Bosnian general Ratko Mladic and Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic in April 1995: the term “ethnic cleansing” was coined by the latter during the Bosnian war. Photograph: Ranko Cukovic/Reuters

As the civil war in Syria moves towards a fifth year there have been calls for a Bosnian-style peace accord that would bring all players to the table,(...)

In February, the UN Security Council was asked to investigate the deaths of 12 doctors in the Islamic State-held city of Mosul. It was alleged the doctors were killed after refusing to remove organs. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Islamic State has sanctioned the harvesting of human organs in a previously undisclosed ruling by the group’s Islamic scholars, raising concerns that (...)

Sympathisers put a candle  outside the French ambassador’s residence in Dublin. Ireland should not be shy about making its  experience and position known. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Basing our response to Friday’s attacks in Paris on a long-held and comfortable self-image of Ireland as a non-aligned, benevolent country could le(...)

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