A Peshmerga fighter runs to take position as the Iraqi Kurdish forces pushed deeper into the town of Bashiqa during street battles against Islamic State group jihadists. Photo Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty
China’s J-10 fighter jets perform during an air show, the 11th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, China. Pictures Reuters
A peshmerga fighter looks out of the entrance of an underground tunnel built by Islamic State fighters. The Kurdish forces found the tunnel in the town of Badana in Iraq which was liberated from the Islamic State group on Monday. The fighters built tunnels under residential areas so they could move without being seen from above to avoid airstrikes. Photo Bram Janssen/AP.
A Shia fighter stands next to a religious flag near Fallujah, Iraq
A fighter loyal to Libya’s internationally recognised government checks a damaged house in Benghazi
A fighter from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which includes Kurds, Arabs and Syriac Christians, monitors the countryside of the northeastern town of Al-Hol, in the Syrian Hasakeh province, at sunset
An armed Yemeni man from the Popular Resistance Committees, supporting forces loyal to Yemen’s Saudi-backed fugitive President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, monitors the area in Marib province, east of the capital, Sanaa, on Monday
Spain’s bullfighter Jesus Martinez “Morenito de Aranda” performs a pass during a bullfight at the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, Spain
A member of the Kurdish security service sits next to the rubble of the security service headquarters in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh, days after Islamic State (IS) group targeted the building with an explosive-rigged vehicle
Opposition fighters belonging to the Islamist group Ansar al-Islam and the Ahrar ash-Sham (Islamic Movement of the Free Men of the Levant) group walk on a street next to the front line that divides rebel and regime-controlled areas on Monday in the Tadamon neighbourhood, south of the Syrian capital, Damascus, and near the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp
An armed member of the Houthi militia calls for help near a house destroyed in an airstrike carried out by the Saudi-led coalition targeting two military bases controlled by Houthi fighters in Sanaa, Yemen on Monday
An Iraqi Shia fighter from the Popular Mobilisation units, part of the Zahraa Brigade, poses for a picture under a sign which reads in Arabic “Lions of Najaf” during a training exercise in the central Iraqi city of Kufa, some 160 kms south of Baghdad, on Monday
Iraqi fighters of the government-controlled Popular Mobilisation units take part in a military operation to take control of Tikrit, 160km north of Baghdad, from jihadists from the Islamic state (IS) group, on Wednesday
A rebel fighter carries his weapon as he walks in front of a rainbow in Ratian village, north of Aleppo, after what the rebels said was an offensive against them by forces loyal to Syria‘s President Bashar al-Assad that attempted to advance in the village but failed.
A fighter of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) stands next to damaged buildings in the northern Syrian town of Kobani on Friday. Sheets meant to hide residents from snipers’ sights still hang over streets in the Syrian border town of Kobani, and its shattered buildings and cratered roads suggest those who fled are unlikely to return anytime soon
A Kurdish fighter smiles as he drives a car in the centre of the Syrian border town of Kobani, known as Ain al-Arab, on Wednesday. Kurdish forces recaptured the strategic town on the Turkish frontier on Tuesday in a symbolic blow for the jihadists who have seized swathes of territory in a brutal onslaught across Syria and Iraq
Members of Vila Franca Xira forcados group perform during a bullfight at Campo Pequeno bullring in Lisbon. Forcados are traditional Portuguese bullfighters who catch bulls with their bare hands during the festival
Members of Vila Franca forcados group perform during a bullfight at Campo Pequeno bullring in Lisbon. Forcados are traditional Portuguese bullfighters who catch bulls with their bare hands.
A Syrian opposition fighter rests inside a cave at a rebel camp in the Idlib province countryside of Syria. The main Syrian opposition coalition urged the international community to take swift action against the regime of President Bashar Assad in response to a UN finding that the nerve agent sarin was used in a deadly attack near the capital last month
Former Tamil Tiger (LTTE) female rebel fighters and brides Nadarasa Sukirtha, left, and Premarathnam Sugandhini, centre, look on as Jayarasa Merry Babila, an ethnic Tamil, gets ready before the start of a mass wedding in Kilinochchi, about 334km north east of Colombo, Sri Lanka on Wednesday. Three ex-rebel couples who have been rehabilitated by the Sri Lankan Civil Defence Force were married in a mass wedding ceremony as part of the government’s rehabilitation programme