An Iraqi Shia fighter from the Popular Mobilisation force holds his weapon as he keeps position during a battle against jihadists from the Islamic State group to retake the strategic town Baiji, north of Tikrit, on Monday
Afghan spectators in Kabul bet money on the sidelines of a quail fight, a popular sport in Afghanistan. Two birds are placed inside a circle and made to fight each other until one of the bird runs out of the circle and the bird that stays is declared the winner. Bird fighting was not allowed during the years of rule by the Taliban regime
Iraqi soldiers fire towards Islamic State (IS) group positions in the Garma district of Anbar province west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, on Tuesday. Iraq’s army and allied paramilitary forces massed around Anbar’s provincial capital Ramadi, looking for swift action to recapture the city from the Islamic State group before it builds up defences
Habibe Biyali stands inside a room in her house heavily damaged by fighting in Kumanovo, Macedonia on Monday. Residents are returning to their homes in a northern Macedonian town where a fierce weekend battle between special police units and alleged ethnic Albanian militants left 22 dead and at least 37 injured
A woman reacts as she looks at a damaged church in Donetsk’s Oktyabrski district, Ukraine.
A pro-Russian rebel takes a ribbon from his arm in Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine on Thursday. The ribbons are used as a form of identification. After weeks of relentless fighting, the embattled Ukrainian rail hub of Debaltseve fell Wednesday to Russia-backed separatists, who hoisted a flag in triumph over the town
A Pro-Russian separatist fighter holds a grenade as he stands guard at a checkpoint on a road to Donetsk airport. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Wednesday most Russian troops had been withdrawn from the country, in a move he said boosted the prospects for peace
Israeli soldiers block a main road near the Quneitra border crossing in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Monday, following heavy fighting between Syrian government troops and opposition forces in Syrian territory, near the Quneitra crossing
Somali soldiers patrol in Wadajir district South of capital following heavy fighting as Somali government and African Union troops battled a powerful militia warlord in a bid to disarm him, on Friday in Mogadishu
Protesters pause during another day of anti-government protest in Kiev, Ukraine.
Family members run away from tear gas during clashes between Egypt’s security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo, Egypt
Residents carry an injured man that survived shelling after what activists said was an air strike from forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in the Takeek Al-Bab area of Aleppo.
Free Syrian Army fighters listen to government fighter jets flying over their heads in Deir al-Zor, Syria.
A rebel fighter cleans his weapon as two of his comrades look on in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Syrian rebels have agreed a ceasefire with Al-Qaeda loyalists after bitter fighting for a key border town, a monitoring group said on Friday, as the opposition condemned the jihadist assault.
A resident, one of the thousands affected by the stand-off between government soldiers and Muslim rebels, sits atop his wooden boat next to their makeshift shelter along the sea wall in Zamboanga City, in the southern island of Mindanao in the Philippines on Wednesday
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A Filipino army soldier peers from an armored personnel carrier on its way to the site of renewed clashes as it enters the second week of a stand off between government troops and rebels, in the residential village in Zamboanga city, Philippines
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Free Syrian Army fighters rest inside a house during a rare light moment in Deir al-Zor, Syria.
A suspected Syrian soldier is captured by Free Syrian Army fighters during what the FSA says is an offensive against forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, in Qobtan village in Aleppo on Thursday.
A boy carries eggs as he walks at the Karaj al-Hajez crossing, a passageway separating Aleppo’s Bustan al-Qasr, which is under the rebels’ control, and the Al-Masharqa neighbourhood in Syria, an area controlled by the Assad regime