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US secretary of defence Chuck Hagel and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Gen Martin Dempsey, who said Islamic State would remain a danger until it could no longer count on safe havens in Syria. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Iraqi Shia militiamen machine gunned minority Sunni Muslims in a village mosque today, killing dozens just as Baghdad is trying to build a cross-co(...)

US secretary of defence Chuck Hagel (L) and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen Martin Dempsey prepare to leave  a media briefing at the Pentagon in Washington last night. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters.

The militant Islamic State poses an “imminent threat” to the US and may take years to defeat, defence secretary Chuck Hagel has said. “They are an imm(...)

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(...)

A young boy carries a handgun as a militia formed to defend the capital parades through the Sadr City neighbourhood of Baghdad yesterday. Photograph: Ayman Oghanna/The New York Times

Iraq has asked the US to stage air attacks on Sunni insurgents as the Islamist fighters edged closer to full control of Iraq’s largest oil refinery(...)

 Sgt Bowe Bergdahl: following the deal under which he was freed in Afghanistan, concerns have been expressed  over the role of the Gulf Arab state as a bridge between Washington and radical Islam. Photograph: US army via Getty Images

Qatar has moved five Afghan Taliban prisoners freed in exchange for a US soldier to a residential compound and will let them move freely in the countr(...)

Nuclear-powered supercarrier ‘USS George Washington’ arrives at a port of the South Korean navy in Busan. Photograph: Reuters

Black tee-shirted Shore Patrol officers pop in and out of The Wolfhound, a popular Irish pub in the Haeundae beachfront area of Busan in South Korea, (...)

Members of South Korea’s Underwater Demolition Team (UDT) march during the 65th anniversary of Korea Armed Forces Day, at a military airport in Seongnam, south of Seoul, yesterday. Photograph: Reuters.

South Korea has staged its biggest military parade in a decade, displaying cruise missiles and torpedoes among a powerful arsenal in what appears to b(...)

Protesters hold red hands up as US secretary of state John Kerry speaks before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

A US Senate committee approved limited US military intervention in Syria, setting the stage for a contentious debate in the full Senate next week o(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry said today there is “clear” and “compelling” evidence that the Syrian government used poison gas against its citizen(...)

A UN chemical weapons expert (right) gathers evidence at one of the sites of an alleged poison gas attack in the southwestern Damascus suburb of Mouadamiya yesterday.  Photograph: Ahmad Alshami/Reuters

UN experts yesterday visited the besieged western Damascus suburb of Mouadamiya, allegedly targeted with chemical weapons last week, and began taking (...)

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