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In-depth: While the Islamic State group’s reign of terror in Iraq and Syria is virtually over, multiple reports throughout its existence show irresponsible arms transfers, reports Jonathan Fenton-Harvey.

Russian jets have been intercepted after flying into US controlled airspace in Syria according to the Pentagon.

Human rights groups condemn Iraq's mass executions

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Human rights groups condemn Iraq's mass executions

Iraq hanged 38 people accused of belonging to militant groups as international rights groups voice concerns about use of the death penalty in Iraq.

US-coalition forces 'to remain' in Syria despite Russian withdrawal

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US-coalition forces 'to remain' in Syria despite Russian withdrawal

The US State Department said its coalition forces will remain in Syria to continue fighting pockets of Islamic State militants, despite the ...

An interview with Pankaj Mishra

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An interview with Pankaj Mishra

Interview: None of the violence or dysfunction we are currently witnessing around the world is new and can be repeatedly found in history, ...

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Russia 'begins to withdraw' military from war-torn Syria

Russia said elements of Moscow’s military contingent to Syria had begun returning home on Monday, after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared victory against “terrorists” in the war-ravaged country.

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IS 'seeking shelter' in Afghanistan after Middle East losses

Afghanistan's military said it plans to launch a major operation to stop IS making inroads into the country's northern provinces, officials said ...

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US will counter Iran in post-war Iraq: diplomat

The United States' ambassador in Iraq says the defeat of IS will allow Iraq to reassert its sovereignty after three years of war.

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Lebanon slams Iraq militia visit to Israel ceasefire line

A visit by an Iraqi Shia militia leader to Lebanon's ceasefire line with Israel was criticised by Lebanon's prime minister on Saturday, who said ...

The narrowing distinctions between the PKK and its offshoots

Paul Iddon

The narrowing distinctions between the PKK and its offshoots

Comment: Under fire from all sides, armed Kurdish groups are more likely to work together, writes Paul Iddon.

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Mosul Eye: Blogger who exposed IS atrocities reveals identity

When the city went dark under Islamic State's rule, Mosul Eye bravely documented its atrocities. Now, the blogger has ended his anonymity with ...

'Destroy and eliminate' Britons fighting with IS: UK minister

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'Destroy and eliminate' Britons fighting with IS: UK minister

The UK's new defence minister Gavin Williamson said British citizens fighting for Islamic State group should be located, killed and banned from ...

Pentagon admits US has 2,000 troops in Syria

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Pentagon admits US has 2,000 troops in Syria

The US has 2,000 troops in Syria and 5,200 in Iraq, the Pentagon announced on Wednesday, casting doubt over the numbers officially announced ...

Russian airstrikes kill 21 civilians in east Syria: monitor

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Russian airstrikes kill 21 civilians in east Syria: monitor

Russian airstrikes killed 21 civilians early Wednesday in a village held by the Islamic State group near the Euphrates River in eastern Syria, a ...

Lafarge ex-CEO quizzed over financing extremists in Syria

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Lafarge ex-CEO quizzed over financing extremists in Syria

Former Lafarge CEO Bruno Lafont was questioned on Wednesday over allegations that the French cement-maker indirectly financed extremists, ...

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HRW: Widespread violations in Iraq against IS suspects

The leading rights group found that Iraqi authorities were committing widespread violations against those detained on suspicion of having ties to the Islamic State

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Half of Yazidis kidnapped by IS 'still missing'

More than 3,000 Yazidis - mostly women or girls - are still being held by Islamic State group militants or are considered missing, Iraqi Kurdish ...

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Iraq slams calls to disband Hashd al-Shaabi militia alliance

Iraqi politicians slammed calls by the French president to disband a militia alliance that was pivotal in the battle against the Islamic State ...

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Saudis and Iran trade insults at 'positive agenda' conference

A conference on creating "a positive agenda" became the latest battlefield for Saudi Arabia and its regional-rival Iran after the two accused ...

Car explosion rocks Yemen's Aden-based Ministry of Finance Car explosion rocks Yemen's Aden-based Ministry of Finance

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Car explosion rocks Yemen's Aden-based Ministry of Finance

Yemen's Ministry of Finance was targeted in an attack on the temporary capital Aden early on Wednesday, residents confirmed.

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Deadly Egypt mosque attack puts Sinai strategy in spotlight

Egypt's years-long campaign against an insurgency in the northern Sinai Peninsula is under increasing scrutiny following a horrifying mosque ...

IS warned against 'Sufi rituals' days before mosque attack

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IS warned against 'Sufi rituals' days before mosque attack

Villagers in Egypt where militants killed 305 people in a mosque had been warned by Islamic State to stop collaborating with security forces and ...

Muslims or mystics? Demystifying Sufism after Egypt's deadly attack

Taufiq Wan

Muslims or mystics? Demystifying Sufism after Egypt's deadly attack

Extremists hold Islam - which inextricably includes Sufism - as it is normatively practiced around the world in contempt. Egypt's deadly attack ...

Suicide car bomb kills 21 north of Baghdad Suicide car bomb kills 21 north of Baghdad

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Suicide car bomb kills 21 north of Baghdad

At least 21 people were killed and dozens more injured after a suicide car exploded in the middle of a fruit and vegetable market in Tuz ...

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