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Kirkuk: Iraqi and Kurdish forces in fierce fight

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Iraq has taken over large parts of Kurdish-held territory, including Kirkuk There have been fierce clashes between Kurdish and Iraqi troops north of Kirkuk city, days after the Iraqi army took control of disputed areas. A BBC correspondent at the scene said there had been rocket, artillery and machine-gun fire […]

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 […]

Court in Iraq orders arrest of Kurdistan VP Kosrat Rasul

Image copyright AFP Image caption Kosrat Rasul (L) is close to Kurdistan Regional President Massoud Barzani (R) An Iraqi court has ordered the arrest of the vice-president of the Kurdistan Region for calling troops sent to Kirkuk this week “occupying forces”. A Supreme Judicial Council spokesman said the court believed Kosrat Rasul’s remarks were an […]

‘Stolen Salvador Dali’ painting recovered in Lebanon

Image copyright EPA A painting thought to be the stolen work of renowned Spanish artist Salvador Dali has been recovered by the Lebanese authorities. Four people were arrested for allegedly trying to sell on the picture, known as Portrait of Mrs Reeves. Police confiscated it last Friday after an investigation in the Cola neighbourhood of […]

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 […]

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}

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

Media captionThe BBC’s Feras Kilani was in Raqqa with anti-IS troops A US-backed alliance of Syrian fighters says it has taken full control of Raqqa, ending three years of rule in the city by so-called Islamic State. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman Talal Sello said the fighting was over after a four-month assault. Clearing operations […]

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

Media captionSyrian fighters celebrate at Raqqa’s infamous al-Naim square A US-backed alliance of Syrian fighters says it has taken full control of Raqqa, ending three years of rule in the city by so-called Islamic State. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman Talal Sello said the fighting was over after a four-month assault. Clearing operations were now […]

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

Media captionSyrian fighters celebrate at Raqqa’s infamous al-Naim square A US-backed alliance of Syrian fighters says it has taken full control of Raqqa, ending three years of rule in the city by so-called Islamic State. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman Talal Sello said the fighting was over after a four-month assault. Clearing operations were now […]

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

Media captionSyrian fighters celebrate at Raqqa’s infamous al-Naim square 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 four-month assault. Clearing operations were now under way to […]

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