Iraq starts new assault on Islamic State group in Mosul

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Civilians in Mosul are caught in the fighting Iraqi security forces have launched a new assault on Islamic State (IS) militants in the city of Mosul. Troops say they made gains in a few hours as they try to drive rebels out of the last remaining strongholds in Mosul’s Old […]

Egypt Coptic Christians: IS claims attack

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Egypt’s Coptic Christian community was already reeling from two suicide bombings in April So-called Islamic State (IS) has claimed it was behind an attack on a bus carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt that killed at least 29 people and wounded about 25 others on Friday. Masked men boarded several vehicles […]

Palestinians in Israeli jails end 40-day hunger strike

Media captionPalestinian protesters and Israeli police clash in the West Bank More than 1,000 Palestinians held in Israeli jails ended a mass hunger strike against detention conditions. Israeli officials said the move – at the start of the holy month of Ramadan – came after an agreement to allow two family visits per month, not […]

Egypt hits ‘jihadist camps’ after attack on Coptic Christians

Image copyright EPA Image caption The funeral of some victims killed in the attack took place later in the day Egyptian forces have struck “terrorist training camps” in retaliation for an attack on Coptic Christians, President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has said. State media say six strikes hit the town of Derna in neighbouring Libya. Gunmen […]

Egypt Coptic Christians killed in bus attack

Image copyright Nile News Image caption The Copts had been travelling to the ancient Monastery of St Samuel, in western Minya, to pray Gunmen have attacked a bus carrying Coptic Christians in central Egypt, killing at least 23 people and wounding 25 others, state media report. The bus was heading towards the Monastery of St […]

Gaza Palestinians: Hamas kills three ‘collaborators’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The three suspects were brought to court on Sunday Three men accused over the killing of a leader of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas have been put to death by the group in the Gaza Strip. One was accused of killing Mazen Fuqaha while the other two were accused of […]

Pigeon ‘caught with backpack of drugs’

Image copyright Al-Rai Image caption The drugs are believed to be ketamine, an anaesthetic also used as an illegal party drug Customs officials in Kuwait have apprehended a pigeon carrying drugs in a miniature backpack, Kuwaiti newspaper al-Rai reports. A total of 178 pills were found in the fabric pocket attached to its back, the […]

US air strike on IS killed 105 civilians in Iraq’s Mosul

US air strike on IS killed 105 civilians in Iraq’s Mosul

The United States has admitted that at least 105 Iraqi civilians were killed in an air strike it carried out in Mosul in March. US Central Command said it had targeted two snipers from so-called Islamic State with what it called a “precision-guided munition.” However, the strike detonated explosives that militants had placed in the […]

Iraq investigates alleged abuses by Mosul troops

Image copyright AFP Image caption The journalist said he documented “war crimes” by an Iraqi interior ministry force Iraq has opened an inquiry into claims that its forces abused and killed civilians in the battle for Mosul against so-called Islamic State (IS). An interior ministry statement said it would take legal measures against anyone proven […]

Syria war: Air strike near Raqqa ‘kills 16 civilians’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tens of thousands of people have been displaced by the fighting around Raqqa At least 16 civilians have been killed in a US-led coalition air strike near so-called Islamic State’s Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, activists say. Women and children were among those who died overnight in the village of al-Baruda, […]

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