Palmyra’s Temple of Bel, pre-Islamic State.
The robust international laws meant to protect cultural heritage are worth little without real international action.
The Al-Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan is home to thousands of the nine million refugees displaced by the conflict in Syria.
Australia should keep out of the Syrian conflict. Instead, it should respect the rule of law and the peaceful resolution of disputes by promoting a diplomatic end.
US forces have been making targeted airstrikes over Syria since late 2014.
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Australian air attacks against Islamic State targets in Syria would not be definitely legal but not definitely illegal.
Greater Australian air commitment to the campaign against Islamic State is a low-risk venture, militarily.
While symoblic, an increase in Australian firepower in the fight against Islamic State in Syria will not greatly affect the battlespace's fundamental reality.
Would you like to be turned away at the gate?
Ancient hospitality rituals could teach us a thing or two about how to respect the people arriving on our shores.
Persecuted for generations, the Yazidis have weathered their latest storm with astonishing resolve.
Joining the US Navy airstrikes, are we doing enough?
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British pilots have been involved in airstrikes against Islamic State, despite a parliamentary veto.
Iraq has been fraying for decades.
Attempts to build a nation out of Iraq have failed spectacularly. Why is everyone still so intent on keeping it together?
Ka-ching! The sound most countries heard when news of the nuclear deal with Iran broke.
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Most countries welcomed the deal as they jockey to boost trade with the Islamic Republic and gain from the eventual end of sanctions.
But what do their citizens think?
It's been assumed that most Arab countries are adamantly opposed to Iran’s regional rise and therefore not in favor of a nuclear deal. But is that really the case?
Fly the unfriendly skies.
PM wants more unmanned intervention but he should be wary of putting all his eggs in one basket.
A Syrian refugee flees from ISIS attack.
There were more airstrikes against ISIS this July 4 weekend. Most politicians agree that ‘war is the answer.’ But here’s an argument that peacebuilding is the only realistic way to defeat ISIS.
On the sidelines no more.
Why are Syria and Israel competing to be the ultimate protecters of the Druze?
We’re just cleaning it, promise.
The true scale of the war against IS has gone largely unremarked on – until now.
At its core, Islamic State’s runaway success is not down to its military capability. Rather, it is due to Iraq’s political circumstances.
There are three key reasons why success for the West hasn’t followed. Together, these reasons point towards an urgent need to shift strategy to avoid a stalemate.
If their deaths fighting for Islamic State in Iraq are confirmed, Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar would be far from the first foreign fighters to be killed in the history of combat.
Foreign fighters have always posed a dual challenge: how to stop them going and what to do if they return. History offers lessons on managing these problems, including that it's hard to stop them leaving.
Iraqi troops training with the US Army June 2015.
On the face of it, Iraq and the US Federal Reserve share little. One is a country plagued by division, war and mayhem since the US invasion of 2003. It is a brutal world where there are no friends, few…
Australia’s reaction to revelations that its citizens were fighting for IS follows a pattern of intellectual and state fear-mongering.
If governments are to maintain public support for their military ventures, war narratives must be kept simple and consistent. The underlying message must not change: the West is always the innocent victim of terrorism, never its perpetrator.
Women hold pictures of their family members following the massacre.
The Camp Speicher massacre was one of Islamic State's earliest and worst mass killings – but it was nearly buried under a tide of misinterpretation and denial.
Iraqi forces liberate Tikrit.
The US president admits he has no 'complete strategy' for Islamic State. He'll need one – this lot are no pushover.