post 17 March 2015
Read more from Jonathan Rugman his blog We must face down Putin threat with power, says former MI6 chief

The UK's emphasis on Islamist terrorism has meant it has ignored the traditional threat from nation states like Russia, according to a former head of MI6.

article 17 March 2015 World, Iraq
Islamic State clashes prompt Sirte families to flee

Families desert Libya's coastal city of Sirte after two days of clashes between Islamic State militants and fighters loyal to a government based in Tripoli.

post 16 March 2015
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog On the front line of Islamic State's war on history

Graffiti sprayed last year on the ruins of Cyrene, in Libya, reads: "Destroy the Idols". Islamists, including Islamic State militants, see such pre-Islamic structures as sacrilege.

article 16 March 2015 Iraq
Islamic State fighting flattens Saddam's tomb

The tomb of Iraq's late dictator Saddam Hussein is severely damaged in heavy clashes between militants from the Islamic State militants and Iraqi security forces in Tikrit.

article 15 March 2015 World, Iraq
British teens 'travelling to Syria' back in the UK

Three British teenagers who were stopped in Turkey on their way to Syria are back in the UK and are being held at a central London police station, Scotland Yard says.

article 12 March 2015 Iraq
Islamic State Jihadi Jake's 'horrific' suicide attack

Australia's government is trying to confirm that an Australian teenager was among Islamic State suicide bombers in central Iraq. PM Tony Abbott called the reports "absolutely horrific".

article 10 March 2015 UK, Iraq
Foreign secretary hits out at 'apologists' for terror

Philip Hammond praises the "brilliance" of spies, amid suggestions Mohammed Emwazi - aka "Jihadi John" - may have been radicalised after attempted recruitment by MI5.

article 08 March 2015 World, Iraq
Nigerian fighter (Getty)
Boko Haram pledges allegiance to Islamic State

The leader of the Nigerian Islamist group says his fighters will obey Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-styled "caliph" whose followers have seized swathes of Iraq and Syria.

article 07 March 2015 World, Iraq
File picture of Hatra temple (Reuters)
Islamic State 'destroys world heritage site of Hatra'

Islamist militants in Iraq have blown up and bulldozed the remains of the 2,000-year-old city of Hatra, the Iraqi government says.

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