Friends have identified the Islamic State member, who has beheaded several hostages, as Kuwaiti-born Mohammed Emwazi from West London.
The Iraqi city of Mosul was taken over by Islamic State last summer – but now the government forces are pushing back.
The recent rise in global terrorism is alarming, but it also reaffirms the failure of our purely hard military approach to counter the phenomenon.
A long, porous border with Libya puts Egypt at risk. Now it is even harder for president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to provide the security his mandate depends on.
"Appreciation for Afghanistan’s cricketing achievements is perhaps the only thing that links the government with Taliban forces."
The homogonisisng impulse of McDonald's leads to epiphany.
War has been raging in Syria for nearly four years and much of the country is in ruins, yet Bashar al-Assad is still in power. And the view from the presidential palace is brightening.
A religious revival is just one of the factors leaving Christians deserting the Middle East. Diversity must be upheld.
Despite the crackdown at home, Saudi Arabia is angling to present itself as a supporter of free expression abroad.
Why is it that the plight of persecuted Christians in the Middle East, or countries such as Sudan, has attracted the attention and anger of politicians in the west, yet the Christians of Palestine don’t get a look-in?
In 2011, Rami Habib, a 43-year-old doctor from Leicester, flew to Syria. Since then, he has watched the revolution against Bashar al-Assad fall apart – but he won’t give up.
Although IS is certainly an Islamic movement, it is neither typical nor mired in the distant past, because its roots are in Wahhabism, a form of Islam practised in Saudi Arabia that developed only in the 18th century.
In Damascus, the war seems to have receded, and Bashar al-Assad looks more comfortable than ever.
A plan by the terrorist organisation to issue its own currency – in gold – reveals a further attempt to play on the history of the early Caliphs.
What motivates the young men who leave Britain to join the murderous fanatics of Isis in the Middle East? Shiraz Maher spoke to dozens of them inside Syria to find out.
Why are we intent on fixing our lens on the chaotic? And why do we insist on trying to weave a grand narrative out of mostly unrelated things? asks the US Ambassador to Britain.
These Kurdish units, which include all-women militias, have to all intents and purposes become the last line of defence against the genocidal fanatics of Islamic State.
The jihadis are fighting on several fronts in two countries – and reports say that demoralised western recruits are increasingly repulsed by the atrocities they have witnessed.
As high representative of the Kurdistan regional government (KRG) to the UK, Abdul Rahman has been lobbying for greater intervention against Islamic State/Isis militants in Iraq for months.
The “Yemen model” is one of perpetual violence. The limits of what can be done in the name of “counterterrorist” action often appear boundless.
Jemima Khan writes from Jordan on the Syrian refugee crisis.
More exposure is needed on what is going on behind the scenes of foreign reporting – between the bylines, when the cameras stop rolling.
Our involvement is a small admission of culpability for the condition of Iraq.
Jonathan Rugman on the west’s distinctions between “good Kurds” and “bad Kurds”.
On 16 September, the northern Syrian town of Kobane came under siege. Since then, reports state that more than 150,000 refugees have flooded into Turkey.
The US risks amplifying the message that IS and similar groups have been trying to spread for years.
The war in Syria is made of several smaller wars that sometimes run in parallel and sometimes cross over, like railway junctions on the express to hell.
A doctor in Afghanistan is using her medical training to provide healthcare and other support to women – at great risk to herself and her family.
Just because there are no good options in Iraq doesn’t mean we have to pick the worst option.
The Islamic State video appears to show the killing of a third Western hostage, aid worker David Haines, and ends with the warning that another British person will be next.