Iraqi security forces head towards the al-Dawr area, south of Tikrit

Islamic State: Iraqi troops begin large-scale attack in Tikrit

One-Minute Read Mon 2 Mar, AT 14:35

Use of Shi'ite militia to reclaim Saddam Hussein's Sunni hometown raises fears of a future backlash

The jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

Amnesty: world's response to Islamic State 'shameful'

One-Minute Read Wed 25 Feb, AT 14:20

UN Security Council members should lose veto power on humanitarian issues, group says

Relatives of Coptic Christians murdered by Islamic State mourn their loved ones

Coptic Christians: who are they and what do they believe?

Briefing Mon 16 Feb, AT 14:59

A sizeable minority in Egypt and Libya, Coptic Christians attach great importance to prayer and fasting

Matthew Gardiner

Matthew Gardiner: Australian politician 'joins fight against IS'

Briefing Wed 28 Jan, AT 15:03

Labor politician reportedly travelled to Syria to join Kurdish fighters, but some analysts question validity of story

Syrian border town Kobane

Islamic State: Kurds expel militants from key town of Kobane

One-Minute Read Tue 27 Jan, AT 10:11

Celebratory gunfire echoed across the strategic border town as Kurdish forces raised their flag in victory

Winston Churchill: greatest British hero or a warmongering villain?

Profile Fri 23 Jan, AT 15:44

Historians continue to debate whether Winston Churchill, one of history's most complex figures, deserves a place in Britain's pantheon

American Sniper

Chris Kyle: five things American Sniper gets wrong

Summary Wed 25 Feb, AT 09:14

Clint Eastwood's film celebrates Navy Seal Chris Kyle, but it ignores some inconvenient truths. Does it matter?

 A Peshmerga fighter in Northern Iraq

Mount Sinjar: Islamic State siege 'broken' by Kurdish forces

One-Minute Read Fri 19 Dec, AT 10:06

Peshmerga fighters say they have defeated IS militants on Mount Sinjar, freeing thousands of trapped Yazidis

Columnist Venetia Rainey

Nuclear deal with Iran would make the world a better place

Thu 20 Nov, AT 17:02 Venetia Rainey

Five good reasons why the West and Iran should come to an agreement – and the sooner the better

Military leaders to hammer out new plan to fight Islamic State

One-Minute Read Tue 14 Oct, AT 08:50

Extent of Turkey's commitment to the fight will 'hang in the background' at session in Washington

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