Asia

Taliban free 235 villagers in northern Afghanistan

Civilians were released after negotiations between Taliban and tribal elders but an unknown number still held hostage.

Taliban free 235 villagers in northern Afghanistan

Middle East

Iran arrests dozens of 'ISIL suspects plotting attacks'

Tehran says 27 suspects tried to smuggle weapons and ammunition hidden inside home appliances for planned attacks.

Iran arrests dozens of 'ISIL suspects plotting attacks'

Asia

Afghan official: Taliban, ISIL coordinated on attack

Joint operation by armed groups led to 'massacre' of more than 50 civilians in northern province, local official says.

Officials: Taliban, ISIL coordinated Sar-e Pul attack

Opinion

Provenance and plunder: What museums won't tell us

On how Western museums encourage and abet the smuggling of antiquities.

Rafia Zakaria

by Rafia Zakaria

Rafia Zakaria

Middle East

Syrian army takes last ISIL-held town in Homs: monitor

Monitor says government troops have taken last ISIL-held town in Homs as army advances towards ISIL strongholds in east.

Syrian army takes ISIL-held town of al-Sukhna in Homs

Middle East

Iraq's PM rejects call to dissolve Shia militia

Iraqi PM rules out merging controversial unit with army, a call made by Muqtada al-Sadr following visit to Saudi Arabia.

Abadi rejects al-Sadr call to dissolve Hashd al-Shaabi

Opinion

Decolonising Syria's so-called 'queer liberation'

On Rojava's new international LGBTQI brigade, the "war on terror" and the Western left's erasure of local struggles.

Razan Ghazzawi

by Razan Ghazzawi

Razan Ghazzawi

Asia Pacific

Australia police: Men tried to get bomb on Sydney plane

The men attempted to place a bomb on an Etihad flight out of Sydney last month in a plot directed by ISIL, say police.

Australian police charge two men over plane bomb plot

Middle East

Three years on: 'The Yazidis' wound is still bleeding'

Three years after ISIL's attack on Iraq's Yazidis, UN says world powers have not done enough to address the genocide.

UN: Yazidi genocide in Iraq still ongoing, unaddressed

Asia

Afghan robotics team member loses father in attack

Father of Fatemah Qaderyan, who shot to fame by leading team travelling to US, was injured in ISIL's Herat assault.

Father of robotics team member killed in Herat attack

Syria's Civil War

The battle for Raqqa: Who controls what

Raqqa is the capital of ISIL's so-called caliphate, and it's probably where the group will make its last stand.

The battle for Raqqa: Who controls what

ISIS

How many bombs are dropped on Raqqa daily?

Since the start of the operation to retake Raqqa from ISIL, an estimated 400 civilians have been killed.

How many bombs are dropped on Raqqa daily?

Syria's Civil War

What will happen to Raqqa after ISIL?

As ISIL is being driven out of its de facto capital in Syria, Raqqa faces an uncertain future.

What will happen to Raqqa after ISIL?

ISIS

ISIL claims attack on Iraqi embassy in Kabul

Suicide bomb explosion was followed by four hours of gunfight that ended after Afghan forces killed all attackers.

ISIL claims attack on Iraqi embassy in Kabul

Middle East

Syrian troops 'enter ISIL-held town in Homs'

Monitor reports artillery and rocket firing at ISIL positions in lead-up to entry into southwestern part of al-Sukhna.

Assad troops enter ISIL-held town of al-Sukhna in Homs