Reconstructed after the civil war, the army is the only totally non-sectarian force in the country. It’s also the only institution that still works. Without it, conflict may yet have reignited
'We will find measures in our toolbox that will have a painful impact, particularly in terms of America’s positioning in the world'
US support for Kurdish troops in the fight against Isis in Syria and Iraq is a major source of tension between the two allies
Warships carrying fighter bombers will pass the UK on their way to the Syrian coast at the same time as three-day-long humanitarian truce in besieged city takes hold
Aircraft carrier transporting fighter jets, combat helicopters and cruise missiles to Syria
The use of drones operated from thousands of miles away using unverifiable intelligence gives rise to intense moral questions that have only barely begun to be considered
Around 90 per cent of the appeals against 'subsidiary protection' orders have been successful
Iraqi forces consolidate gains made in first two days of fighting as France calls for emergency meetings in Paris on how to defeat group once and for all
Promised break in bombing rings hollow for many amid last 24 hours of bloodshed and is ‘not enough’ to evacuate those in need of help, aid groups warn
'If this proxy war continues, let me be clear, America and Russia will come to a point of war'
'Millions of refugees are homeless, hundreds of thousands of others are starved, under siege, they are human beings who are suffering a small holocaust'
Kurdish Peshmerga forces reported clearing seven villages of Isis militants despite suicide bomb attacks after long-awaited offensive to retake Iraqi city of Mosul announced
Reports that five-year-old Omran Daqneesh died overnight in air strikes on east Aleppo appear to be false - but rescue workers say at least five children and 17 people in total lost their lives
'We of course are not going to fan hysteria over this matter, like our partners in the West do'
‘Russia must feel the consequences of what they are doing’, says Boris Johnson
The jihadists had claimed the town would be scene to a final ‘apocalyptic’ battle between Muslims and the ‘infidel horde’