Islamic State

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Kurdish protesters in front of the United Nations Building in Beirut, Lebanon, on Friday, demonstrating against the ongoing Turkish military operation in Northern Syria against Kurdish forces. Photograph: Wael Hamzeh/EPA

Syria’s hobbled and harried Kurds have provided Ankara with two pretexts for invading northeast Syria. Syria’s Kurds, numbering up to 2.5 million, ar(...)

People gather at the site of an explosion in the northeastern Syrian Kurdish city of Qamishli on Friday.  Photograph: Mohammed Ahmad/AFP via Getty Images

Kurdish civilians have been fleeing key towns in northeastern Syria as Turkish forces continue to bombard targets for a third consecutive day. US pre(...)

 Civilians carry their belongings over their head as they flee amid Turkish bombardment on Syria’s northeastern town of Ras al-Ain in the Hasakeh province along the Turkish border. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AF

  Turkish ground troops have stepped up their offensive against Kurdish forces in north-eastern Syria, seizing villages and continuing an aerial(...)

Relatives mourn during a group funeral for some of the 63 people killed on Saturday in a suicide bombing at a wedding in Kabul. Photograph: Jim Huylebroek/New York Times

One minute, it was a wedding – nearly 1,000 guests packed under one roof, a thin partition segregating them by gender. Men shimmied to a live band, wo(...)

The authors raise concerns about up to 30,000 foreigners who travelled to the “caliphate” to fight and who may still be alive. Photograph: Reuters

The United Nations has warned that a recent pause in international terrorist violence may soon end, with a new wave of attacks possible before the end(...)

 A screen grab from an undated video made available by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of Hamza bin Laden, the son of late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Photograph:  EPA/CIA handout

The reported death of Hamza bin Laden, son and presumptive heir of al-Qaeda’s founder, amounts to a public relations boon for the Trump administration(...)

Tajikistan’s president Emomali Rahmon (third from left) pictured with then Russian president Dmitry Medvedev in 2009. Photograph: AP/Ria Novosti

Three prison guards and 29 inmates have been killed in a prison riot in Tajikistan that the government blamed on Islamic State militants. Tajikistan(...)

Police conduct vehicle checks  in Kattankudy, Sri Lanka. Photograph: Allison Joyce/Getty Images

Sri Lanka’s Catholic churches have cancelled Sunday mass in the capital Colombo for a second week, citing foreign intelligence warnings of threats to (...)

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, walk towards the Syrian border in 2014. File photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

Yazidi women who survived Islamic State sex slavery have to choose between giving up the children born to them during captivity or expulsion from thei(...)

An undated screengrab taken from video released by Islamic State-linked Al-Furqan media shows the chief of  Islamic State,   Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,  for the first time in five years  in an undisclosed location. Screengrab: AFP/Getty

The reappearance of Islamic State founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a video released on Monday was undoubtedly timed to demonstrate he has survived the (...)

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