Soldiers gather in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, on July 6th, to celebrate the test launch of North Korea’s first intercontinental ballistic missile two days earlier. Photograph: Jon Chol Jin/AP

North Korea’s threat on Thursday to test-fire ballistic missiles soon near the US territory of Guam deepened the challenge confronting the Trump admin(...)

Shi’ite militiamen in al-Mazraa,  Iraq. While Iran has built up militias to fight  Islamic State in Iraq, it has also mobilised an army of Shi’ite Iraqi men to fight on its behalf in Syria. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/New York Times

Iran and Iraq signed an agreement on Sunday to step up military co-operation and the fight against “terrorism and extremism”, Iranian media reported, (...)

Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service troops rest  beside the ruins of Grand al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul after it was retaken from Islamic State on Thursday. Photograph: Erik De Castro/Reuters

After eight months of grinding urban warfare, Iraqi government troops on Thursday captured the ruined mosque in Mosul from where Islamic State proclai(...)

A pet dove of a member of Iraqi forces  inside an armoured fighting vehicle at the frontline in the Old City in west Mosul, Iraq, on Tuesday. Photograph:  /Erik De Castro/Reuters

Iraqi forces on Tuesday pushed towards the river side of Mosul’s Old City, their key target in the eight-month campaign to capture Islamic State’s de(...)

The al-Hadba minaret of  the Grand al-Nuri Mosque is seen through a  window in the Old City of Mosul on June 1st. Photograph: Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters

The leaning al-Habda minaret that has towered over Mosul for 850 years lay in ruins on Thursday, demolished by retreating Islamic State militants, bu(...)

Indian Shia Muslim demonstrators burn an effigy of Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during a protest in New Delhi. Photograph: Getty Images

An audio message purporting to come from the spokesman of Islamic State called on followers to launch attacks in the United States, Europe, Russia, Au(...)

A member of the Iraqi security stands guard as Ameen Mukdad, a violinist from Mosul, performs at Nabi Yunis shrine in the eastern part of the city. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

A 28-year-old Iraqi violinist who was forced to go into hiding when the Islamic State terror group took control of his home city of Mosul has returned(...)

Boubaker el-Hakim is among the prime suspects believed to have been involved in planning the 2015 attack on Charlie Hebdo in which 17 people were killed. Photograph: Courtesy SFR News

An Islamic State militant linked to the deadly 2015 attack on French weekly Charlie Hebdo could be still be alive, the Iraqi military said on Saturday(...)

Syrian Democratic Forces fighters near destroyed airplane parts inside Tabqa military airport after taking control of it from Islamic State fighters, west of Raqqa city, Syria, earlier this week. Photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

In the summer of 2014, the movement that became known as Islamic State took the world by surprise when it seized the Iraqi towns of Mosul, Tikrit and (...)

Firefighters look for bodies  of civilians who were killed in an air strike against Islamic State by US-led coalition forces. Photograph: Reuters

Dozens of Iraqi civilians, some of them still alive and calling out for help, were buried for days under the rubble of their homes in western Mosul af(...)

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