Hamas kills alleged Israeli spies

Suspected collaborators were shot dead in a crackdown

Use Assad to defeat Isis, says Rifkind

Senior British MP warns against being ‘squeamish’ about methods

Israeli strike kills 3 Hamas commanders

Gaza war appears to enter new phase of targeted killings

Deranged killers who pose as terrorists

The disturbed and the deluded swell the ranks of the black-clad army, writes Gautam Malkani

Germany agrees to arm Iraq

Western resolve strengthened by journalist’s murder

Kurds take tough line in government talks

Premier-designate Abadi races to form cabinet

Rockets prompt Israel to end Gaza talks

Negotiators leave truce talks as conflict resumes

Iraqi forces fail to retake Tikrit

Fighting comes as pontiff calls for UN action to stop Isis

Yemen’s Shia rebels threaten transition

Surge in sectarian violence could spoil unity moves

Kurds retake Mosul dam from Isis

US air strikes pave way for morale boosting victory

Shia cleric endorses Abadi as Iraq premier

Ayatollah Ali Sistani urges speedy creation of strong government

Fears grow over Jerusalem unrest

Palestinian resentment boils over in protests

Isis: Armed and dangerous

There is no consensus on how to beat the jihadi group

Demons tormenting the Middle East

Obama’s idea of a self-regulating balance of power has dissolved in an acid cocktail

US scales back Iraq rescue mission plans

Iraq’s Sunnis split on PM nominee

Sunni hostility to Shia leader hinders reconciliation

Air strikes do little to impede Isis

Sophisticated military system puts western efforts in dim light

Maliki defiant as his support withers

Iraqi PM’s political capital eroded by challenge posed by Isis

Egypt protest deaths come under scrutiny

Rights group attacks government response to protests

RAF to drop aid to Yazidi refugees

No direct UK involvement in military action