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Members of the Yazidi religious minority  at the Syria-Iraq border in Fishkhabour, northern Iraq. Amnesty gives examples where entire Yezidi families have been kidnapped and are being held in terrible conditions in Mosul and villages captured by the Islamic State. Photograph: EPA

Fighters of the Islamic State have been carrying out ethnic and sectarian cleansing of entire non-Arab and non-Sunni Muslim communities in northern Ir(...)

 A video purportedly showing the decapitation of US journalist Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the second American to be executed by the militant extremist group. Photograph: Islamic State via Reuters TV/Reuters

A video has been posted online purporting to show the decapitation of journalist Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the second Ame(...)

A man holds up a knife as he rides on the back of a motorcycle touring the streets of Tabqa city with others in celebration after Islamic State militants took over Tabqa air base, in nearby Raqqa city on Sunday. Photograph: Reuters )

Islamic State fighters have executed dozens of members of the Syrian army they took hostage after capturing an air base in the northeast of the cou(...)

Shi’ite volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi Army to fight against militants of the Islamic State.  Photograph:  Mushtaq Muhammed/Reuters

Islamic State militants have executed Syrian army soldiers and are holding a group of them hostage after capturing an air base in northeast Syria at t(...)

File photograph of US journalist James Foley speaking at a university in Illinois after being released from imprisonment in Libya in this 2011. Photograph: Tommy Giglio/Reuters/Northwestern University/Handout

The parents of murdered American journalist James Foley have released a letter their son wrote during his time in captivity.Mr Foley was kidnapped in (...)

British home secretary Theresa May said she was preparing new laws to tackle Islamist militants in the UK and to stop them going abroad to fight. Photograph: PA

Britain has said it planned tougher laws to deal with British Islamist militants after Islamic State (IS) fighters in the Middle East released a video(...)

Peshmerga fighters at Mosul Dam in northern Iraq, which Iraqi and Kurdish forces recaptured with the help of US air strikes. Photograph: Reuters/Youssef Boudlal

For weeks, Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, has watched United States military engagement in Iraq with quiet unease: Democrats and Republicans warily b(...)

US secretary of defence Chuck Hagel and Gen Martin Dempsey at the Pentagon. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images.

After months of delay the Pentagon has declared that the Islamic State (also referred to as Isis) must be confronted in Syria, its main base, as well (...)

Kurdish peshmerga troops participate in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants in Makhmur. Photograph: Reuters

The crisis gripping Iraq escalated rapidly in the past 48 hours with a re-energised Islamic State – formerly Isis – storming new towns in the north an(...)

An Israeli mobile artillery unit firing towards the Gaza Strip yesterday. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Qatar and Turkey continue to play a role in the search for a ceasefire in Gaza, despite yesterday’s breakdown just a few hours into what was to have b(...)

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