Lebanon refugee camps hit by five suicide bombers

Lebanon refugee camps hit by five suicide bombers

Five suicide bombers have blown themselves up during a raid by Lebanese troops on refugee camps near the Syrian border, Lebanon’s army said. Three soldiers were wounded by the blasts, while four others were hurt when an attacker threw a hand grenade, the army said. It happened during an operation to search for militants and […]

Battle for Mosul: Ruins of Great Mosque of al-Nuri retaken

Battle for Mosul: Ruins of Great Mosque of al-Nuri retaken

Image copyright @FerasKilaniBBC Image caption BBC Arabic’s Feras Kilani took this photo from inside the remains of the mosque complex Iraqi security forces have recaptured the site of the destroyed Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul after driving back militants from so-called Islamic State. A BBC reporter who is embedded with troops says the complex […]

Syria war: US-backed forces ‘surround IS in Raqqa’

Syria war: US-backed forces ‘surround IS in Raqqa’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The SDF group says the city centre is completely besieged US-backed forces say they have fully encircled Islamic State fighters in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the capital of the group’s self-proclaimed caliphate. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, say they have now sealed […]

Ehud Olmert, Israel’s jailed ex-PM, to be released early

Ehud Olmert, Israel’s jailed ex-PM, to be released early

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Olmert is the first Israeli head of government to be sent to prison Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is to be released early from prison, where he is serving a 27-month sentence for corruption. A parole board cut his term by a third, his lawyer Shani Illouz said. Olmert, […]

IS faces end game in Mosul – UK defence chief

IS faces end game in Mosul – UK defence chief

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A female Kurdish fighter, part of the coalition against IS in Raqqa, Syria The so-called Islamic State group is facing its “end game” in the Iraqi city where its campaign of violence began in 2014, the defence secretary has said. Sir Michael Fallon said the RAF had hit more than […]

IS faces end game in Mosul, says Michael Fallon

IS faces end game in Mosul, says Michael Fallon

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A female Kurdish fighter, part of the coalition against IS in Raqqa, Syria The so-called Islamic State group is facing its “end game” in the Iraqi city where its campaign of violence began in 2014, the defence secretary has said. Sir Michael Fallon said the RAF had hit more than […]

Syria took US chemical attack warning seriously – Mattis

Syria took US chemical attack warning seriously – Mattis

Media captionAbo Rabeea says he is still suffering from the suspected chemical weapons strike in Khan Sheikhoun Syria’s government appears to have taken a US warning not to launch a chemical weapons attack seriously, Defence Secretary James Mattis says. The White House said similar activities had been seen at an airbase before the nerve agent […]

Syria war: ‘Cluster bombs’ dropped on IS-held village

Syria war: ‘Cluster bombs’ dropped on IS-held village

At least 15 civilians have been killed and dozens injured in an air strike on a village in eastern Syria held by so-called Islamic State, activists say. The DeirEzzor24 website reported that an unidentified jet had dropped cluster bombs on Dablan, about 20km (13 miles) south-east of the town of Mayadin. The UK-based Syrian Observatory […]

Qatar condemns Saudi refusal to negotiate over demands

Qatar condemns Saudi refusal to negotiate over demands

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Qatar’s foreign minister held talks with the US secretary of state in Washington on Tuesday Qatar’s foreign minister has condemned its Gulf neighbours for refusing to negotiate over their demands for restoring air, sea and land links. Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani said the stance was “contrary to the principles” […]

Syria war: Air strike on IS prison in Mayadin ‘kills dozens’

Syria war: Air strike on IS prison in Mayadin ‘kills dozens’

Image copyright US Air Force/SrA Jordan Castelan Image caption The US-led coalition against IS has conducted more than 21,000 air strikes in Syria and Iraq Almost 60 people have been killed in a suspected US-led coalition air strike on a prison run by so-called Islamic State in eastern Syria, activists say. The Syrian Observatory for […]