Briton Luke Rutter killed fighting IS in Syria

Briton Luke Rutter killed fighting IS in Syria

Image copyright YPG MEDIA A 22-year-old British man has been killed fighting against so-called Islamic State in Syria, Kurdish fighters have said. Luke Rutter, from Birkenhead, Merseyside, was killed on 6 July in a neighbourhood south of Raqqa, in northern Syria, a statement said. The fighters said he was killed “during the big campaign to […]

Mosul: US commander says Iraq must stop Islamic State 2.0

Mosul: US commander says Iraq must stop Islamic State 2.0

Image copyright THOMAS WATKINS/AFP/Getty Images Image caption Lt Gen Stephen Townsend is the commander of the US-led operation against IS The senior US commander in Iraq has warned that the war against the so-called Islamic State (IS) is not over, despite a “historic” victory in Mosul. Lt Gen Stephen Townsend told the BBC there were […]

Battle for Mosul: Iraq PM Abadi formally declares victory

Battle for Mosul: Iraq PM Abadi formally declares victory

Image copyright Twitter/@IraqiPMO Image caption Haider al-Abadi (centre) waved an Iraqi national flag as he celebrated with troops in Mosul Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has formally declared victory over so-called Islamic State (IS) in Mosul. Mr Abadi waved a national flag with troops after announcing the “collapse of the terrorist state of falsehood”. Earlier, […]

Yemen cholera cases pass 300,000 as outbreak spirals – ICRC

Yemen cholera cases pass 300,000 as outbreak spirals – ICRC

Media captionInside the Yemeni hospital battling the world’s worst cholera outbreak A cholera outbreak in war-torn Yemen is thought to have infected 300,000 people in the past 10 weeks, the International Committee of the Red Cross says. The situation has continued to “spiral out of control”, with about 7,000 new cases every day, the ICRC […]

Bahrain: Activist Nabeel Rajab jailed for ‘fake news’

Bahrain: Activist Nabeel Rajab jailed for ‘fake news’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nabeel Rajab is the president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights Human rights defender Nabeel Rajab has been sentenced to two years in prison in Bahrain for “broadcasting fake news”. A court ruled that he had undermined the “prestige” of the kingdom, the state news agency reports. Rights […]

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 […]