Battle for Mosul: Iraqi troops clearing last IS militants

Battle for Mosul: Iraqi troops clearing last IS militants

Image copyright AFP Image caption Iraq’s prime minister said on Sunday that victory in Mosul was “just around the corner” Iraqi security forces are clearing the final pockets of resistance by Islamic State militants in the city of Mosul. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi went to Mosul on Sunday to congratulate his troops on “liberating” the […]

Mosul: Iraq PM in city to celebrate victory over IS

Mosul: Iraq PM in city to celebrate victory over IS

Media captionIraqi PM Haider al-Abadi met Iraqi forces on his arrival in Mosul Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi has visited Mosul to congratulate Iraqi forces for their “victory” over Islamic State militants in the city. The city was “liberated”, with “just one or two pockets” still controlled by IS, his office said in a statement. Iraqi […]

Mosul: Iraq PM to celebrate victory over IS in the city

Mosul: Iraq PM to celebrate victory over IS in the city

Image copyright Iraq PM office/Twitter Image caption The prime minister’s office shared a photo on Twitter of him shaking hands with fighters Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi has arrived in Mosul to congratulate Iraqi forces for their victory over IS in the city. Mr Abadi was in the city to announce its “liberation” and declare “victory”, […]

Syria ceasefire: US and Russia-backed deal in effect

Syria ceasefire: US and Russia-backed deal in effect

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Deraa, in southern Syria, is among the cities devastated by the conflict A ceasefire brokered by the US and Russia has come into force in south-western Syria. It was announced after Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin met for the first time at G20 talks on Friday. The truce is […]

Battle for Mosul: Iraq army mops up final IS pockets

Battle for Mosul: Iraq army mops up final IS pockets

Media captionMilitary commanders say they are close to declaring a complete victory The Iraqi army has been mopping up the last pockets of resistance from Islamic State (IS) militants in Mosul, after a long battle to recapture the city. An official declaration of victory from the government is expected soon. Iraqi forces, backed by US-led […]

Battle for Mosul: IS defeat imminent, says state TV

Battle for Mosul: IS defeat imminent, says state TV

Media captionTroops shoot in the air and dance in the streets of Mosul So-called Islamic State (IS) defences in the Iraqi city of Mosul are collapsing fast and troops expect to take full control in the next few hours, state television has announced. Only a few metres remain to be taken, a correspondent said. Some […]

Syria crisis: US, Russia and Jordan agree ceasefire deal

Syria crisis: US, Russia and Jordan agree ceasefire deal

Image copyright AFP Image caption Civil war has ravaged Syria, leaving more than 300,000 dead The US, Russia and Jordan have agreed to put in place a ceasefire across south-western Syria, which is due to begin on Sunday. Jordan has said it will take place along a line agreed by both Syrian government forces and […]

Egypt soldiers killed in attack on Sinai checkpoint

Egypt soldiers killed in attack on Sinai checkpoint

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hundreds of security personnel stationed in the Sinai peninsula have been killed by militants At least 23 Egyptian soldiers have been killed and 26 wounded in an attack by jihadist militants in the northern Sinai peninsula, security sources say. A suicide car bomber reportedly targeted a checkpoint outside Rafah, a […]

Unesco declares Hebron’s Old City Palestinian World Heritage site

Unesco declares Hebron’s Old City Palestinian World Heritage site

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Tomb of the Patriarchs is the second holiest site in Judaism and the fourth in Islam Unesco has designated Hebron’s Old City and the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the occupied West Bank a Palestinian World Heritage site despite Israeli protests. A resolution passed by a committee of the […]

Qatar crisis: Restrictions to continue, Saudi Arabia says

Qatar crisis: Restrictions to continue, Saudi Arabia says

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The four foreign ministers held talks in Cairo Restrictions on Qatar will continue after it rejected the ultimatum made by its Middle East neighbours, Saudi Arabia has said. The foreign ministers of four Arab countries, meeting in Cairo, said they regretted Qatar’s “negative” response to their list of demands. Saudi […]