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Naveen Rasho (25): was enslaved by Islamic State for five years and then detained by Kurdish forces along with her captor’s wives. Photograph: Lorraine Mallinder

As a captive of the Islamic State terror group, Naveen Rasho endured nearly five years of hell. She was in Baghuz, Syria, when the caliphate fell, and(...)

Gulistan Hawas Saado  with her son Ahmad. “In history nobody has ever been a friend to the Kurdish people.” Photograph: Lorraine Mallinder

Gulistan Hawas Saado is sitting on the concrete bricks outside her tent, cradling her sleeping son. She arrived in Iraq’s Kurdistan region last Thursd(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: “It is a real challenge for Irish officials or people acting on behalf of the Irish state to enter one of the most challenging areas of conflict in the world”. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The Government is engaging with “international actors” to help bring Dundalk woman Lisa Smith and her two-year-old daughter back to Ireland, Minister (...)

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(...)

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 (...)

Security personnel stand guard in front of St Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo, days after a string of suicide bomb attacks across Sri Lanka. Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

Some of the Islamist militants behind the Easter Sunday bombings that killed more than 250 people are likely still at large and could be planning mor(...)

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