ISIS

Isis, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, swept out of Iraq’s sunni heartland in 2014 to declare its own ‘caliphate’ around the Syria-Iraq border. The group seeks to impose its extreme version of Sunni Islam and has attracted followers from the region and beyond

Recapture of Fallujah is a pivotal moment

In the absence of political process, the victory could yet prove pyrrhic

Istanbul attack shows Turkey needs allies

President Erdogan will need assistance if it is to defeat Isis, writes David Gardner

Bombers kill 41 at Istanbul airport

More than 200 injured in attack on Ataturk terminal

Iraq says battle for Fallujah is ‘over’

City is latest to be recaptured from Isis over past few months

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 12: FBI agents investigate near the damaged rear wall of the Pulse Nightclub where Omar Mateen allegedly killed at least 50 people on June 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. The mass shooting killed at least 50 people and injuring 53 others in what is the deadliest mass shooting in the countryÕs history. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

The deadly draw of the Isis brand

Notebook: The Orlando massacre has benefited the group at a time when it desperately needs it

America infuriates both Sunni and Shia

Saudi Arabia and Iran are convinced the US has tilted against them in the wake of nuclear deal

Isis claims responsibility for Paris deaths

French government denounces killing of police chief and his wife

Isis rallies lone wolves to jihadi cause

Unlike al-Qaeda, the group regards sympathisers as potential recruits, writes Hassan Hassan

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 12: FBI agents investigate near the damaged rear wall of the Pulse Nightclub where Omar Mateen allegedly killed at least 50 people on June 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. The mass shooting killed at least 50 people and injuring 53 others in what is the deadliest mass shooting in the countryÕs history. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

Orlando attacker’s ‘Treasure Coast’ roots

Conservative zone offers no overt signs of what led to killings

Military might alone will not defeat Isis

Even if the battlefield operations go swimmingly, the politics are very unpromising

Syrian advance raises fear of race for Raqqa

Isis ‘capital’ threatened by Assad regime and US-backed militias

Raqqa risks pitting Russia against the US

Efforts to recapture the Isis stronghold are fraught with strategic danger, writes William Wallis

Fight for Fallujah will test Iraqi mettle

Rapid victory will boost credibility, but drawn-out conflict will undermine struggle to regain Mosul

Belgium: Journeys to jihad

The trial of one of Brussels’ most notorious terror recruiters revealed the depth of the challenges facing Belgian security forces

US-backed Syrian force targets Isis area

Part of drive to retake Manbij pocket along Turkish border

America’s ties could win friends for Isis

The US has privileged a tactical victory over a strategic one, writes Hassan Hassan

Iraqi and Kurdish forces move against Isis

Army mounts Fallujah offensive as Peshmerga lead push around Mosul

Isis surprise attack wins Syrian rebel territory

Significant push toward Turkish border threatens supply corridor

Arab-Kurd divisions blunt Raqqa offensive

US struggles to muster coherent force to loosen militant grip on bastion

US sanctions risk misfiring in Lebanon

Moves to limit Hizbollah’s access to finance threaten to undermine a fragile equilibrium

MOSUL, IRAQ - MARCH 24: Forces under Joint Mosul Command begin first phase of Operation Conquest to retake Iraq's Mosul from the terrorist organization Daesh on March 24, 2016. (Photo by Hemn Baban/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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The factions behind the fight against Isis

The coalition’s military success disguises a larger problem with regional politics

Isis claims responsibility for Syria bombs

Four blasts hit Jableh and three hit Tartus, an Assad stronghold

Tripoli faces arms-control challenge

Fear that arms provided to the GNA could go to Isis militants

Ottoman legacy dies hard in Middle East

Even devotees of centralised rule concede they may have to give ground to federalism

World powers agree to arm Libyan state

Rare show of unity as US says exemption sought to UN arms ban

Fears of threat from Boko Haram-Isis tie

African and western leaders warn chaos in Libya being exploited

Dozens killed in Baghdad bomb blasts

Three suicide bombers hit Iraqi capital on deadliest day this year

Khan is new role model for young Muslims

Notebook: It is right that London should prove that tolerance, and merit, still prevail

France is falling into Isis’s trap

It must resist the war-on-terror rhetoric and alienating French Muslims, writes François Heisbourg

Isis gunmen kill eight policemen in Cairo

Attack is latest in a series targeting Egypt’s security forces

US to send 250 more troops to Syria

Special operations deployment heralds assault on Isis strongholds

Institute of digital Archeologists erecting a replica of one the famous arches of Palmyra carved out of Egyptian marble on Trafalgar Square. The ancient city Palmyra a world heritage site in modern day Syria was recently further destroyed by IS. Credit: David Parry/ FT
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Ghost of Palmyra’s arch rises in London

Replica is surprising and beautiful but not triumphal

Nabil Elouahabi in 'Another World'. Photo: Tristram Kenton
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Another World, National Theatre (Temporary), London — review

Verbatim theatre piece addresses an urgently topical issue

Jan Kizilhan in Villingen-Schwenningen, southern Germany
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On genocide and trauma

Philippe Sands meets Jan Kizilhan, the psychologist who brought 1,100 Yazidi women, raped and tortured by Isis, to Germany for treatment

US takes cyber warfare mainstream

No one, Moscow included, will argue against America’s use of the internet to attack Isis

What Arab youth thinks of Isis

Lack of jobs works to militants’ advantage, survey finds

Iraqis grow nostalgic for authoritarianism

Bloodletting leads to shift from identity- to issue-led politics

US launches online assault against Isis

First wartime assignment for Pentagon’s new Cyber Command

Syria rebel groups claw back territory

Opposition regains momentum after regime’s capture of Palmyra

Brussels airport reopens after attack

’Symbolic’ first step back to normality for capital

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