IS conflict: Iraq launches ground offensive in Tal Afar

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]

Khaled Sharrouf: Australia cannot confirm IS militant’s death

Khaled Sharrouf: Australia cannot confirm IS militant’s death

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Fighting involving Islamic State group militants and Syrian forces in Raqqa this week The Australian government says it is unable to confirm reports that one of its most notorious militants, Khaled Sharrouf, has been killed in Syria. According to Australian media, the so-called Islamic State fighter and two of his […]

Iran could restart nuclear programme within hours – Rouhani

Iran could restart nuclear programme within hours – Rouhani

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hassan Rouhani said that under Donald Trump the US was not a “reliable negotiator” Iran’s president has warned that it could restart its nuclear programme “within hours” if the United States imposes any more new sanctions. Hassan Rouhani also said the programme would be more advanced than in 2015, when […]

Iran votes to boost military defence by $500m

Iran votes to boost military defence by $500m

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Iran said the funding for its missile defence was “not in violation” of a 2015 nuclear deal Iran’s parliament has voted in favour of boosting investment in its missile defence and foreign operations programmes by more than $500m (£386m). The bill, which received overwhelming approval, is in response to […]

Syria war: Killing of White Helmet workers condemned

Syria war: Killing of White Helmet workers condemned

Image copyright EPA Image caption The motives of the attack are still unknown The US has condemned the killing of seven Syrian volunteer rescuers who were shot dead in a north-western town controlled by jihadists. Unknown gunmen attacked the White Helmet members at a base in Sarmeen, in the rebel-held province of Idlib. The motive […]

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