Middle East

Family under scrutiny


An American citizen is among the 30 members of a Palestinian family to be arrested by Israeli security forces.

More US troops in Baghdad


Barack Obama has ordered about 350 more troops to Baghdad to protect the US Embassy in the Iraqi capital.

Sudan pushes back


Ties between Sudan and Iran seem to be fraying, as cultural centres are closed and a diplomat sent home.

Iraq and Syria: the situation in six maps

MAHER MUGHRABI - Sydney Morning Herald

What are the forces at work in Iraq and Syria that have brought us to the current conflict?

Another beheading video

A masked Islamic State militant speaks next to a man purported to be US journalist Steven Sotloff at an unknown location in this still image from an undated video posted on a social media website.

Islamic State militants release a video showing the beheading of another US journalist.

Hamas' support grows

Popularity of Hamas militant group among Palestinians in West Bank and Gaza Strip spikes significantly.

Land grab provokes anger

Israeli appropriation of nearly 1000 acres of land prompts criticism from the US and protests from Palestinians.

Back to school after war


Israeli schoolchildren return to the classroom while sorting through the trauma of a violent summer.

Two-month siege broken

Iraqi security forces have broken the two-month siege of Amerli by Islamic State militants.

'Greatest escape' in Golan

Filipino peacekeeprs escape their besieged Golan Heights outpost under cover of darkness after seven-hour gunbattle.

US drops bombs on Iraqi city

The US military has conducted airstrikes and dropped humanitarian aid to the beleaguered Iraqi city of Amirli.

Fiji soldiers 'unharmed'

An al-Qaeda linked Syrian rebel group has this morning tweeted a picture of at least 38 of the 44 Fiji soldiers they are holding prisoner

Pakistan PM won't quit

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says he will not resign following weeks of anti-government protests that have destibilised the nuclear-armed nation of 180 million.

Jihadist's mental health battle


The Australian jihadist who tweeted a gruesome photo of a boy holding a severed head has a long history of mental illness.

IS wants 'Lady al-Qaeda' freed

IS would have traded James Foley, Bowe Bergdahl and more for her. So who is Aafia Siddiqui?

Fijian soldiers taken prisoner

Golan Heights

Talks are underway to release 43 Fijian peacekeepers taken hostage by Syrian rebels.

Syrian soldiers executed


Islamic State fighters execute scores of Syrian soldiers captured when militants seized an airbase in Raqqa.

War crimes claim

UN accuses Islamic State insurgents of committing war crimes including amputations and public executions.

Netanyahu under fire

Open-ended ceasefire in the Gaza war held as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced strong criticism in Israel.

Gazans celebrate as truce holds

hamas strap

Is a seven-week conflict that's killed more than 2200 people finally over?