Syria war: US-backed forces ‘fully control’ Raqqa

Syria war: US-backed forces ‘fully control’ Raqqa

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 four-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 […]

Kirkuk: Iraqi government forces enter disputed city

Kirkuk: Iraqi government forces enter disputed city

Media captionIraqi federal police advance towards disputed city of Kirkuk Iraqi government forces have entered central Kirkuk, residents say, after taking key installations outside the disputed city from Kurdish fighters. Witnesses told the BBC they saw federal forces entering the provincial government building. Clashes were reported south of Kirkuk earlier in the day, while thousands […]

US Open: Ali Farag and Nour El Tayeb win titles on same day

US Open: Ali Farag and Nour El Tayeb win titles on same day

Ali Farag and Nour El Tayeb got married in 2016 US Open squash champions Ali Farag and Nour El Tayeb are the first husband and wife in sporting history to win the same major singles title on the same day. El Tayeb, 24, beat Raneem El Welily 3-2 in the women’s final on Saturday. A […]

Cairo ‘most dangerous’ megacity for women – survey

Cairo ‘most dangerous’ megacity for women – survey

Image caption Campaigners in Cairo say everything about the city is difficult for women The Egyptian capital Cairo has been described as the “most dangerous” megacity for women. The finding comes from the first international poll on how women fare in cities with over 10 million people. The survey was conducted in 19 megacities where […]

Kirkuk: Clashes reported after Iraqi forces advance on Kurdish-held sites

Kirkuk: Clashes reported after Iraqi forces advance on Kurdish-held sites

Image copyright AFP Image caption Baghdad said it was carrying out a major operation to take control of bases and oil fields in the disputed region Clashes have been reported between Iraqi forces and Iraqi Kurdish fighters after Baghdad sent troops towards Kurdish-held sites in Kirkuk province. State TV report that Iraqi forces have taken […]

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 […]

Iraq conflict: Kurdish leaders refuse to reject referendum result

Iraq conflict: Kurdish leaders refuse to reject referendum result

Image copyright AFP Image caption Shia militias allied to the Iraqi government have poured into the city of Kirkuk Kurdish leaders have refused Iraqi government demands to reject the result of an independence referendum ahead of talks on the future of Iraqi Kurdistan. They met Iraqi President Fuad Masum on Sunday in a bid to […]

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