Hamas must disarm to join Palestinian unity government – US

Hamas must disarm to join Palestinian unity government – US

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Hamas and Fatah signed the reconciliation deal in Cairo after talks brokered by Egypt The United States says the militant Islamist movement Hamas must lay down its weapons if it is to play a part in a new Palestinian government. Hamas, which dominates the Gaza Strip, and the rival Fatah […]

Syria war: UN says it is ready to go into Raqqa

Syria war: UN says it is ready to go into Raqqa

Media captionThe BBC’s Feras Kilani was in Raqqa with anti-IS troops The United Nations is ready to get into the Syrian city of Raqqa after so-called Islamic State (IS) was driven out after three years. A UN official in Damascus told the BBC access to the area was the main priority while warning that some […]

Iraq takes disputed areas as Kurds ‘withdraw to 2014 lines’

Iraq takes disputed areas as Kurds ‘withdraw to 2014 lines’

Media captionIraqi federal police advance towards disputed city of Kirkuk Iraq’s military says it has completed an operation to retake disputed areas held by Kurdish forces since 2014. On Monday and Tuesday troops retook the multi-ethnic city of Kirkuk and its oilfields, as well as parts of Nineveh and Diyala provinces. Peshmerga fighters had seized […]

Iran nuclear deal: Khamenei denounces Trump’s ‘rants and whoppers’

Iran nuclear deal: Khamenei denounces Trump’s ‘rants and whoppers’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said European powers should “avoid intruding into our defensive affairs” The supreme leader of Iran has defended the 2015 nuclear deal and used strong language to accuse US President Donald Trump of ranting and lying. “I don’t want to waste time on answering the rants and whoppers […]

Inside Raqqa after IS pushed out

The BBC’s Feras Kilani was with Syrian Democratic Forces as they took control of the centre of Raqqa, Syria. The city has been the strong-hold of so-called Islamic State since 2014. Inside Raqqa after IS pushed out}

Iraqi forces retake Kurdish-held areas in Nineveh province

Iraqi forces retake Kurdish-held areas in Nineveh province

Media captionIraqi federal police advance towards disputed city of Kirkuk Iraqi government forces say they have taken control of more disputed areas previously held by Kurdish forces. The positions in Nineveh province, including the Mosul Dam, had been captured by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters over the past three years during fighting with so-called Islamic State. Earlier […]

Raqqa: IS ‘capital’ falls to US-backed Syrian forces

Raqqa: IS ‘capital’ falls to US-backed Syrian forces

Image copyright AFP Image caption The official declaration that Raqqa has been “liberated” is expected soon A US-backed alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters says it has taken full control of so-called Islamic State’s one-time “capital” of Raqqa. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman Talal Sello said the fighting was over after a five-month assault. […]

Kirkuk: Iraqi forces seize largest oilfields near city

Kirkuk: Iraqi forces seize largest oilfields near city

Media captionIraqi federal police advance towards disputed city of Kirkuk Iraqi government forces have taken control of the two largest oilfields near the disputed city of Kirkuk after Kurdish forces left the area. A string of oilfields – vital to the Kurdish economy – have been seized by Iraqi troops since Monday. Troops have taken […]

US urges calm as Kirkuk crisis escalates

US urges calm as Kirkuk crisis escalates

Media captionIraqi federal police advance towards disputed city of Kirkuk The US has called for “calm” after Iraqi government forces seized the northern city of Kirkuk and key installations from Kurdish control. State department spokeswoman Heather Nauert urged all parties to “avoid further clashes”. Iraqi soldiers moved into Kirkuk three weeks after the Kurdistan Region […]

Syria war: US-backed forces ‘control’ Raqqa

Syria war: US-backed forces ‘control’ Raqqa

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The official declaration that Raqqa has been recaptured is expected soon US-backed forces in Syria say they now control so-called Islamic State’s one-time capital of Raqqa, with only a few dozen militants remaining in the city. The Syrian Democratic Forces say they have retaken al-Naim square, where IS once held […]

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