Islamic State

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Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr: has allies in Hadi al-Amiri and Haidar al-Abadi. Photograph: Alaa al-Marjani/Reuters

In spite of dramatic differences, the three parties that gained most votes in Iraq’s May 12th parliamentary election have agreed to work together to f(...)

Hassan Bal (26), formerly of O’Connell Street, Waterford, pleaded guilty earlier this year to two terrorist-related offences

Sentencing of a man who has admitted providing funding to international terrorist organisation Islamic State is due to take place in late June. Hassa(...)

Emilie Konig, a 33-year-old French woman suspected of recruiting fighters for  Islamic State and now in the custody of the Kurdish Syrian  People’s Protection Units, speaking at an undisclosed location in Syria. Her future is uncertain. In Baghdad, more than 40 foreign women accused of joining Isis have  been sentenced to death. Photograph: YPG press office/AFP/Getty Images

In a small holding room in a Baghdad court, French citizen Djamila Boutoutao cradled her two-year-old daughter and begged for help. Boutoutao (29) is(...)

Police at the site of a suicide bomb attack at the Gereja Pantekosta Pusat Surabaya (Surabaya Centre Pentecostal Church) in Surabaya on Sunday. More than 20 people have been killed in attacks in Indonesia since Sunday. Photograph: Andy Pinaria/AFP/Getty Images

A family of Islamist militants in Indonesia carried an eight-year-old into a suicide bomb attack against police in Surabaya on Monday, a day after an(...)

Men  stand in line to cast their votes during a special voting day for members of the security forces on Thursday, ahead of Iraq’s parliamentaryh elections this weekend. Photograph: Ali Abbas/EPA

Iraqis go to the polls on Saturday to elect their fourth parliament since the US-led invasion and occupation 15 years ago. The election was originally(...)

Young women walk past campaign posters of candidates in Tikrit, Iraq, ahead of Saturday’s  parliamentary election . Photograph: Khalid al-Mousily/Reuters

At the gates of Tikrit under a giant billboard of a Shia militia commander, hundreds of Iraqi Sunni Arabs wait in the scorching sun for hours to be se(...)

Syrian opposition fighters and members of their families from the Yarmouk camp, on the outskirts of Damascus, arrive at the al-Eis checkpoint in Aleppo province on Tuesday. Photograph: George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images

Intervention by external powers against Syrian government forces is likely to increase as the campaign against the Islamic State terror group winds do(...)

Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad (right) in discussions with Alaeddin Boroujerdi,  head of Iran’s parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy, in Damascus on Monday. Photograph: Sana via AP

The Syrian army unleashed a massive bombardment against one rebel enclave on Monday and prepared for the withdrawal of insurgents from another as Pre(...)

Afghan security forces stand guard near the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan April 30th, 2018. Photograph: REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Explosions in the Afghan capital Kabul killed at least 26 people on Monday, including nine journalists who had arrived to report on an initial blast (...)

A Yazidi boy from the village of Kocho, near Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, Jano was kidnapped, indoctrinated and trained to be a boy soldier.

Jano is 14, but yearns to feel like a child again. He wants to hug his mother, whom he hasn’t seen since he was 10 years old, the day Islamic State ca(...)

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