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A man at the site of the car bomb attack in Baghdad on Thursday, which was claimed by Islamic State. Photograph: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

Two suicide attacks in and around the Iraqi capital have killed at least 31 people and wounded dozens. The deadliest attack took place in a commercial(...)

A Syrian government forces recruit sits near a destroyed building in al-Qaryatain, a town in the province of Homs in central Syria, after Syrian troops regained control from Islamic State on April 3rd. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

An hour’s drive from Homs on the road to al-Qaryatain lies the Old Testament village of Sadad, said to be the world’s oldest. Two elderly men in dark (...)

Rubble where Isis explosives levelled walls and most of the Roman columns of the city gate in Palmyra. Syria’s director of antiquities said: “I can give you a promise that we can finish the maximum of the work within five years.” Photographs Bryan Denton/The New York Times

Syria’s director of antiquities Maamoun Abdulkarim is a happy, excited man. He asks me to step around the corner of his desk in his office in the Nati(...)

Refugees and migrants   after disembarking  at the port of Piraeus, near Athens: Afghans were already excluded from the relocation scheme agreed in October that aims to resettle 160,000   refugees. Photograph: Michalis Karagiannis/Reuters

Eleven years ago, he was a man of influence and power, holding the position of deputy minister for pilgrimage and religious affairs in the Afghan gove(...)

Displaced Yazidi children flee violence from forces loyal to  Islamic State in Sinjar town on August 11th, 2014. Photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

In a residential apartment block in a fashionable new estate in Duhok, in Iraqi Kurdistan, the German foreign office has set up a makeshift consulate (...)

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron  and his Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borissov (left) visit Bulgaria’s border with Turkey near the Lesovo crossing point, where they saw the enhanced efforts to secure the European Union’s external frontiers, on Friday.  Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

British prime minister David Cameron’s claim that 70,000 Syrian rebels are ready to fight Islamic State has come under renewed scrutiny following repo(...)

The temple of Baal Shamin in the historical city of Palmyra, which was destroyed by Islamic State.  Photograph: Reuters/Stringer

Islamic State militants have razed a fifth-5th century Roman Catholic monastery and blown up one of the best-preserved first-1st century temples in Pa(...)

Spanish and Moroccan authorities have arrested 14 people suspected of recruiting fighters to join Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. Above an Islamic State member waves a flag linked to the group in Raqqa, Syria. Photograph: Reuters.

Spanish and Moroccan authorities have arrested 14 people suspected of recruiting fighters to join Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. Spain’s interior mi(...)

People make victory signs during the funeral ceremony of victims of a suicide bomb attack on Monday in Suruc, Turkey, blamed on Islamic State. Experts are questioning the assumption, however, that Islamic State’s defeat is inevitable. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State uses terror to force obedience and frighten enemies. It has seized territory, destroyed antiquities, slaughtered minorities, forced wom(...)

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and interior minister Mohammed bin Nayef Al Saud (left) said terrorist incidents would not destabilise the kingdom. Photograph: Saudi Press Agency/AFP/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia has arrested 431 people suspected of belonging to Islamic State (IS) and foiled attacks in Riyadh and the Eastern Province, where the maj(...)

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