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 […]

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 […]

Kirkuk: Iraqi forces advance on Kurdish-held sites

Kirkuk: Iraqi forces advance on Kurdish-held sites

Image copyright AFP Image caption Iraqi forces have been in a stand-off with Kurdish fighters Iraqi forces are advancing towards Kurdish-held sites in Kirkuk province. They intend to take control of oil fields and an airbase in the disputed region, Kurdish security officials say. Tensions between the two sides over the future of Iraqi Kurdistan […]

Iraqi Turkmen woman recalls horrors of IS captivity

Iraqi Turkmen woman recalls horrors of IS captivity

Image copyright Mahmut Hamsici Members of Iraq’s Shia Turkmen community have been the targets of brutal persecution by so-called Islamic State (IS). One woman, who asked not to be named, told BBC Turkish’s Mahmut Hamsici about her ordeal at the hands of militants from the Sunni jihadist group. Warning: Some readers may find details of […]

Syria war: ‘Final assault’ launched to recapture Raqqa

Syria war: ‘Final assault’ launched to recapture Raqqa

Image copyright Reuters Image caption US-backed militias have been besieging the city for months US-backed forces have launched their final assault on the remaining Islamic State (IS) militants in Raqqa. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) says it began the offensive on Sunday, after a convoy of IS fighters and their families left the city, along […]

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