IS conflict: Syrian army closes in on Deir al-Zour

Image copyright AFP Image caption Syrian government forces were pictured standing beside a sign saying “Welcome to Deir al-Zour” Syrian government forces are closing in on the eastern city of Deir al-Zour, which has been besieged by so-called Islamic State (IS) for three years. A rapid advance through the desert on Sunday brought troops to […]

IS convoy stranded in Syria desert after US bombing

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The US-led coalition says the militants are “experienced fighters” The US-led coalition says it will keep blocking a convoy of evacuated Islamic State militants in Syria from reaching IS-held territory on the Iraq border. The hundreds of fighters recently surrendered an enclave on Syria’s border with Lebanon. They agreed with […]

IS chief Baghdadi probably still alive – US commander

Media captionGen Townsend on Baghdadi: “We’re looking for him every day. I don’t think he’s dead” The leader of the Islamic State (IS) group is probably still alive, a senior US general has said, contradicting a claim by Russia that it probably killed him in a raid in Syria in May. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may […]

World Cup qualifying: Syria beat Qatar to keep hopes alive

World Cup qualifying: Syria beat Qatar to keep hopes alive

Syria play their home matches in Malaysia Syria earned a vital 3-1 win against Qatar to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for a first ever World Cup. Omar Kharbin scored in each half and Mahmoud Al-Mawas added a third in injury time as Syria moved above Uzbekistan into third in their group. The top […]

IS conflict: Iraq declares ‘liberation’ of Nineveh province

Image copyright AFP Image caption The battle for Ayadiya was brief but fierce Iraq’s prime minister says Nineveh province has been “fully liberated” from so-called Islamic State, after the district of Tal Afar was recaptured. Haider al-Abadi’s announcement followed the defeat of the jihadist group in the town of Ayadiya, where the militants had fled […]

Casualties from cluster munitions doubled in 2016

Image copyright Reuters Image caption In Syria, local groups are making efforts to clear and destroy cluster munitions The number of casualties caused by cluster munitions in 2016 was more than double that recorded the previous year, a disarmament group says. A new report by the Cluster Munition Coalition found 971 people were killed or […]

Two million Muslims begin Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca

Image copyright AFP Image caption More than 1.7 million pilgrims from other countries have travelled to Mecca for the Hajj Some two million Muslims from across the world have begun the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. They started at sunset on Wednesday by circling the Kaaba in Mecca’s Grand Mosque, Islam’s holiest site. Iranians […]

Libya to try UK concert bomber’s brother

Image copyright Libyan Interior Ministry Image caption Libya’s interior ministry issued this photo of Hashem Abedi in May Hashem Abedi, the younger brother of Manchester bomber Salman Abedi, will be tried in Libya over his suspected role in the attack, the BBC has been told. The 20-year-old was arrested in Libya shortly after the suicide […]

US-led strikes in Syria block IS militants evacuated from Lebanon

Image copyright Reuters Image caption IS militants and their families were photographed leaving the border zone on Monday US-led coalition aircraft have carried out strikes to halt a convoy evacuating Islamic State militants from the Lebanon-Syria border area towards Iraq. The attacks “cratered” a road and destroyed a small bridge in eastern Syria, spokesman Col […]

Iraqi troops face fierce IS resistance near Tal Afar

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Iraqi army has stepped up artillery strikes on IS positions inside Ayadiya Iraqi forces are facing fierce resistance in a small town where Islamic State militants who fled the city of Tal Afar have taken refuge. One officer told Reuters news agency the fighting in Ayadiya was “multiple times […]

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