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Suicide bombing targeting Shiite pilgrims in Iraq kills nine, wounds 21

A suicide bomber targeted Shiite Muslims taking part in an annual pilgrimage in Baghdad on Monday, killing nine people and wounding another 21, Iraqi security officials said.<p>The attack targeted a checkpoint along a route used by Shite pilgrims in the northern Baghdad neighbourhood of al-Shaab. Four …

What Drives ISIS?

If we don't understand what makes ISIS tick we'll never be able to defeat it. To view ISIS as simply a determined army of vicious psychopaths is a significant mistake. ISIS is far more complicated than that, in its origins, philosophy and strategies.<p>ISIS is an ultra-puritanical interpretation of …

ISIS Leader’s Ex-Wife Freed in Swap With Al Qaeda-Linked Nusra Front

An ex-wife of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was among 13 Islamists released in swap with al Qaeda's Syrian wing in exchange for Lebanese captives on Tuesday.<p>Saja al-Dulaimi was seen being taken to eastern Lebanon in a convoy including Red Cross vehicles in footage aired by the Al-Jazeera …

Middle East

Syria airstrikes: everything you need to know

On Wednesday MPs will vote on whether to extend the UK’s air campaign against Isis to Syria. Here are the issues that should inform their decision<p>Syria airstrikes: MPs debate and vote on action against Isis - live<p>As Jeremy Corbyn offers his party a free vote over military action in Syria what are …