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 A handout image made available by the British defence ministry shows a British (L) and Afghan soldier embracing each other during the handover ceremony of the Camp Bastion-Leatherneck military camp complex in Afghanistan today. Photograph: EPA/MOD

The last US Marines unit and final British combat troops in Afghanistan officially ended their operations today as they packed up to leave the countr(...)

Turkish Kurds watch the Syrian town of Kobani from  the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province at the weekend. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry denies that the bombing campaign against Islamic State fighters in and around the small, dusty Syrian Kurdish town of(...)

Migrants arriving at Porto Empedocle in Sicily after being rescued approx 40km off the Libyian coast by a Dutch freighter the Dinteldijk. Photograph: Frank Miller

The lure of sanctuary drives desperate Syrians, Syrian-Palestinians and Libyans to risk overland smuggling networks and sea passages on rickety fishin(...)

 An armed memer of the Afghan security mans a check point in Kabul, Afghanistan today  as part of intensified measures in the capital as president-elect Ashraf Ghani is sworn in. Photograph: EPA

Afghanistan inaugurated its first new president in a decade today, swearing in technocrat Ashraf Ghani to head a power-sharing government just as the (...)

 Air strikes: US president Barack Obama speaking this week. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Last year US president Barack Obama mapped out a foreign policy in a speech at the National Defence University at Fort McNair in Washington – he wante(...)

British prime minister David Cameron speaking about military action against Islamic State in the House of Commons, London.Photograph: PA Wire.

Britain’s parliament approved air strikes against Islamic State (IS) insurgents in Iraq by a decisive margin today, paving the way for the Royal Air F(...)

Afghanistan’s accord

The agreement reached in Afghanistan to appoint Ashraf Ghani as president and his rival Abdullah Abdullah chief executive of the government rounds off(...)

British prime minister David Cameron arrives for a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon  on the sidelines of the UN Climate Summit 2014  in New York. Photograph: Peter Foley/EPA.

British prime minister David Cameron may announce as early as this week that Britain is ready to join air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and th(...)

 US president Barack Obama makes a statement on US and allied airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria, from the South Lawn of the White House, on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA

President Barack Obama praised the handful of Arab nations that supported America’s first air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants inside Syr(...)

 Afghan Army soldiers attend their graduation ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan,earlier this month.  Three Afghan soldiers have been reported missing from a joint military training exercise taking place in the US this week. Photograph: Jawad Jalali/EPA.

Three Afghanistan National Army soldiers have been reported missing from a joint military training exercise taking place in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, o(...)

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