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Endless spats over tactics, style and aims drove Islamic State away from al-Qaeda – and the two are deadly enemies to this day.
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.
A militia advances 90km north of Tripoli.
With Libya carved up by warring factions, the UN has offered up a directionless and toothless peace plan.
The Libyan coast guard in action.
Libya's endless security crisis and duelling "governments" are turning the Mediterranean into a sea of troubles.
When Australians hear about Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s dire warnings and counter-terrorism raids, they could lose historical perspective on the threat posed by Islamic State.
Dire government warnings and counter-terrorism raids in our suburbs paint a picture of the worst threat Western nations have ever faced. A little historical perspective is in order.
Another day, another challenge for Operation Triton.
The EU has pledged to triple money to the search-and-rescue mission in the Mediterranean. But simply throwing money at the problem won't work.
Spot the heavyweight.
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Ed Miliband's attack on David Cameron's foreign policy seems to have hit home. But is it deserved?
Not a stellar record.
The Conservatives are livid at Ed Miliband's criticism of Cameron's foreign policy record. Perhaps it cuts too deep.
Yes, the environment can be a vote winnner.
Labour leader didn't bash Cameron as hard as predicted on Libya.
A long way from a solution.
The proposed response to the Mediterranean migrant crisis could well do more harm than good.
Migrants arriving in Salerno.
Thanks to a lack of joined-up policy on refugees, the Mediterranean has become the world's most dangerous migrant destination.
Funeral of a Libya Dawn fighter in Tripoli.
There appears to be little chance of a negotiated solution to the chaos tearing the country apart.
African migrants in Misrata, Libya.
Whether they are migrants or refugees, people are needlessly dying by the boatload.
A losing battle? Iraqi troops and Shia volunteers near Tikrit.
Iraq rolled into Tikrit with big promises of a major victory against Islamic State. The world is still waiting.
When will they be reformed?
The Arab Spring began with a protest against police brutality. The dreams of those who took to the streets 4 years ago will not be realized until police forces change.
Mourning their Coptic brethren, murdered by ISIS.
An eyewitness to Libya's optimism after the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi asks how it has become a base for ISIS.
An Egyptian man protests against IS; his flag reads “execute terrorism”.
On February 16, Egypt bombed Islamic State (IS) targets in the militant-controlled Libyan city of Derna, in response to the beheading of 21 Egyptian workers. The speed with which this unprecedented military…
A Shia Houthi gunman muses on the US’s tactic of choice.
On January 31, Harith al-Nadhari, a senior al-Qaeda figure who praised the Charlie Hebdo attackers, was killed by a US drone strike. This is the first drone strike in Yemen for a number of weeks, and it…
The aftermath of the attack on the Corinthia Hotel, Tripoli.
The apparent murders of Jordanian pilot Muadh al-Kasasbeh and Japanese journalist Kenji Goto have once again drawn attention to the brutality of Islamic State fighters operating in northern Syria and Iraq…
Life is rarely black and white in Libya.
For the first time in years, there is a new hope that the fragmentation of Libya can be averted, thanks to new rounds of UN mediation efforts. There is a danger, however, that the media coverage accompanying…