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 Shia volunteers receive martial arts training at a military base in Najaf, in southern Iraq. Shia volunteers have been assisiting the Iraqi army as it battles fighters from Islamic State, recently fighting off a major offensive the vicinity of the  Ain al-Asad airbase. Photograph: EPA

Islamic State (IS) forces have taken an Iraqi town about 8km from an US air base where hundreds of troops are stationed, according to the Pentagon.How(...)

Shannon Conley in court for her sentencing.

An American teenager who tried to go to Syria to help Islamic State militants has been sentenced to four years in prison.Shannon Conley (19), from Den(...)

Members of the Kurdish security forces who took part in the offensive to regain control of Iraq’s Sinjar mountain on Thursday. Photograph: Ari Jalal/Reuters

Kurdish forces, backed by a surge of US airstrikes in recent days, recaptured a large swath of territory from Islamic State militants on Thursday, (...)

A man, who identified himself as Luke Somers, speaks in this still image taken from video purportedly published by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Screengrab: Reuters

The United States on Thursday publicly disclosed a failed attempt last month to rescue a US citizen held hostage by al Qaeda’s Yemen branch, and the g(...)

People react positively at a watch party as US president Barack Obama outlines his executive actions on immigration in a televised address at Casa de Maryland in Hyattsville, US. Photograph: Jabin Botsford/ New York Times

Ireland’s Catholic bishops, Irish immigration centres in the United States and business interests there have welcomed President Barack Obama’s execut(...)

A hazmat team member arrives to clean a unit at the Ivy Apartments, where the confirmed Ebola virus patient was staying,  in Dallas, Texas. Photograph:  Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The US government has called for calm over the single case of Ebola in the United States, seeking to reassure the American public that there is little(...)

The advance of Islamic State. Map: Irish Times Premedia/Reuters

The United States, along with a handful of Arab countries, launched the first air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, killing scores of Is(...)

Tribal fighters carrying their weapons pose for photographs during an intensive security deployment to fight against militants of the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in the town of Haditha last month. Photograph: Reuters

The United States said it launched four air strikes against Islamic State militants threatening the Haditha Dam in western Iraq this morning, broad(...)

Residents of Buulomareer in the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia walking alongside an African Union Forces tank, one day after the town was liberated from the terrorist group al-Shabab. The US has said that the leader of the group, Ahmed Abdi Godane, has been killed in an airstrike. Photograph: Tobin Jones handout via EPA.

The leader of the al-Shabab terror group, Ahmed Abdi Godane, who was the target of a US airstrike on Monday in Somalia has died.The Pentagon’s press s(...)

African Union (AU) soldiers from Uganda rest in the town of Kurtunwarey in Somalia. Somali government and AU troops have been engaging al-Shabaab militants as part of their military offensive dubbed ‘Indian Ocean’ aiming to oust the Islamist militant groupfrom its last major hideouts in the southern parts of the country. Photograph: AP Photo/Tobin Jones/African Union Mission to Somalia

The United States conducted a suspected drone strike in southern Somalia targeting senior leaders of the Islamic militant group al-Shabaab as the Pen(...)

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