article 02 September 2014 World, Iraq
Steven Sotloff
Islamic State murders US journalist Steven Sotloff

Islamic State militants release a video apparently showing the beheading of US hostage Steven Sotloff - just days after the killing of American journalist James Foley.

post 02 September 2014
Read more from Jonathan Rugman his blog Chilling message of the latest IS murder video

The timing of the release of the latest Islamic State video, showing Steven Sotloff's murder, suggests the lives of other western hostages could be at risk.

article 31 August 2014 World, Iraq
Islamic State siege of Amerli broken by Iraqi forces
Islamic State siege of Amerli broken by Iraqi forces

Iraqi security forces and Shi'ite militia fighters have broken the siege on the town of Amerli, in the north of Iraq.

article 29 August 2014 Iraq
Does laptop prove Islamic State wants a dirty bomb?

A laptop with details of how to build a dirty bomb has been found in Syria. One expert tells Channel 4 News that such an attack could be "easier than flying a plane into a tall building".

post 29 August 2014
Read more on FactCheck FactCheck: can't we already seize jihadis' passports?

David Cameron has announced new legislation to stop terror suspects travelling abroad. But can't we already confiscate their passports?

article 29 August 2014 UK, Iraq
Police officer
UK terror threat raised to 'severe'

The UK terror threat is raised from substantial to severe - meaning a terrorist attack is highly likely - whilst David Cameron promises to make it harder for British jihadis to travel abroad.

post 28 August 2014
Read more from Kylie Morris on her blog Obama's plan for Middle East no clearer

Obama admitted 'we don't have a strategy yet', which is why there was no need to put anything before congress, or bring the American people into the debate. He didn't want to put the cart in front of

article 27 August 2014 World, Iraq
Douglas McAuthur McCain (Reuters)
Douglas McAuthur McCain: death of a US jihadi in Syria

US officials confirm that an American believed to be fighting with extremists in Syria has been killed, reportedly by the Free Syrian Army.

video 26 August 2014 World, Iraq

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James Foley's parents: 'He was a light in the dark' - video

Exclusive: John and Diane Foley, parents of murdered US journalist James, say they had hoped to negotiate his release with his Islamic State captors - but the decision had "already been made".

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