IS conflict: Iraq army makes advances on Tal Afar

Media captionThe Shia-led paramilitary Popular Mobilisation force is taking part in the battle for Tal Afar The Iraqi army says it has taken a number of villages on the outskirts of Tal Afar, one of the last urban strongholds held by so-called Islamic State (IS) in the country. A major offensive to retake the northern […]

Syria war: Russian jets ‘destroy IS convoy near Deir al-Zour’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Russia launched an air campaign in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad two years ago Dozens of so-called Islamic State (IS) militants are reported to have been killed in a Russian air strike near the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zour. Russia’s defence ministry said at least 200 jihadists had […]

Lebanese army recaptures third of IS stronghold near Ras Baalbek

Image copyright lebarmy.gov.lb Image caption The Lebanese army posted an image as a “salute” to the victims of Thursday’s Barcelona attack The Lebanese army has recaptured a third of an enclave held by so-called Islamic State near the north-eastern border with Syria, officials say. Troops launched an offensive near the town of Ras Baalbek on […]

Syria war: Rocket ‘hits Damascus trade fair’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Dancers performed at the opening of the trade fair on Thursday A rocket has struck close to the entrance of a trade fair in the Syrian capital, Damascus, Syrian media say. The Damascus International Fair is being held for the first time since the Syrian conflict broke out in 2011. […]

IS conflict: Iraq launches ground offensive in Tal Afar

Image copyright AFP Image caption Iraq forces have targeted Tal Afar since they retook Mosul last month, after a lengthy battle Iraqi ground forces have begun an operation to retake Tal Afar, the last major city in the country held by the Islamic State group, officials say. In a televised speech announcing the offensive overnight, […]

Lebanese army recaptures third of IS stronghold of Ras Baalbek

Image copyright lebarmy.gov.lb Image caption The Lebanese army posted an image as a “salute” to the victims of Thursday’s Barcelona attack The Lebanese army has recaptured a third of a key region near its north-eastern border with Syria from so-called Islamic State, officials say. Government troops launched an offensive in Ras Baalbek, the last remaining […]

Mehdi Karroubi: Iran opposition leader ends hunger strike

Image copyright Mohammad Karoubi Image caption Mehdi Karroubi had an operation to fit a pacemaker in early August, when this photo was taken An Iranian opposition leader held under house arrest since 2011 has ended his hunger strike after the authorities accepted one of his two demands. Mehdi Karroubi, 79, stopped eating and drinking on […]

Mehdi Karroubi: Iran opposition leader taken to hospital

Image copyright Mohammad Karoubi Image caption Mehdi Karroubi underwent a heart operation to fit a pacemaker earlier this month An Iranian opposition leader held under house arrest since 2011 has been admitted to hospital a day after he began a hunger strike, his family says. Mehdi Karroubi had stopped eating on Wednesday to press the […]

Saudi border to open for Qatari pilgrims attending Hajj

Image copyright EPA Image caption Saudi Arabia had threatened to impose conditions on Qatari pilgrims attending the Hajj in Mecca Saudi Arabia will open its border with Qatar to allow Muslim pilgrims to attend the annual Hajj in Mecca beginning this month, state media say. The announcement came after the first high-level meeting between the […]

IS conflict: Iraqi jets bomb Tal Afar ahead of ground assault

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Iraqi federal police said armoured and special forces units were “regrouping” outside Tal Afar Iraqi warplanes are bombarding the jihadist group Islamic State’s positions in Tal Afar, in preparation for a ground assault on the town. Tal Afar became the last IS stronghold in northern Iraq in July after […]

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