Abu Al Baghdadi

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An Islamic State fighter keeps guard as  employees of the group, hired to monitor and check the quality of goods in markets, throw away confiscated products in central Raqqa. Photograph: Reuters

Until now, journalists who attempted to cover the Sunni Muslim fundamentalist enclave in northern Syria and Iraq known as the Islamic State were in(...)

Iraqi Christians celebrate the Feast of the Assumption at Notre Dame de Chaldée in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Lara Marlowe

Some 100 Iraqi Christians gathered yesterday at Notre Dame de Chaldée in northeast Paris to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption. With 100,000 of (...)

A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi making what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in the centre of Iraq’s second city, Mosul in a video recording posted online on  July 5th.  Photograph: Reuters

When American forces raided a home near Fallujah during the turbulent 2004 offensive against the Iraqi Sunni insurgency, they got the hard-core milita(...)

People gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad’s Sadr City on Friday. Violence has killed 1,737 people, mostly civilians, in Iraq in July. Photograph:  Wissm al-Okili/Reuters

Islamic State fighters seized control of Iraq’s biggest dam, an oilfield and three more towns today after inflicting their first major defeat on Kurdi(...)

A photograph made from a video released today by the jihadist affiliated group Furqan Media via their twitter account allegedly showing Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi delivering a sermon during Friday prayers at a mosque in Mosul, Iraq. Photograph: Furqan Media/Reuters

A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State has made what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in the centre (...)

Self-elevated: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Photograph: AP Photo/Iraqi InteriorMinistry

He’s considered the new Osama bin Laden, the most prominent leader of Sunni Muslim Salafists and jihadis. In recent weeks, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi stunn(...)

Iraqi security forces and armed volunteers move with military vehicles during clashes with militants of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis), also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, in the town of Dalli Abbas in Diyala province. Photograph: Reuters.

The Iraqi army has driven Sunni insurgents out of late dictator Saddam Hussein’s home village, state media and police said, part of a campaign to reta(...)

Isis fighters waving flags in a military parade along the streets of Syria’s northern Raqqa province. The jihadist group’s latest gains in Syria are more incremental than its sweep through north and west Iraq in June, but they highlight the continued expansion of a group which two years ago had no presence in the country. Photograph: Reuters

Islamic militants have taken control of most of eastern Syria as they build on the momentum of their advance through Sunni Muslim provinces of neighbo(...)

Iraqi security forces pull down a flag belonging to Sunni militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Photograph: Reuters

An extremist group’s declaration of an Islamic state in territory it has seized in Iraq and Syria is a threat to the entire region, Iraq’s prime minis(...)

A member loyal to Isis waves a flag of allegiance to the militant group, in Raqqa. Photograph: Reuters

Islamist militants, who have declared an Islamic “caliphate” in an area straddling Iraq and Syria, trumpeted the declaration in several videos. (...)

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