Iraq paramilitary chief plays down allegation against US

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Popular Mobilisation’s fighters played a key role in the war against IS in Iraq The head of an Iran-backed paramilitary force in Iraq has distanced it from a claim by his deputy that the US was responsible for several recent explosions at its arms depots. Faleh al-Fayad said “external […]

Iraq paramilitary force blames US and Israel for mystery blasts

Image copyright EPA Image caption An explosion on 12 August near Baghdad sent rockets shooting though the capital A powerful Iran-backed paramilitary force in Iraq has said it holds the US responsible for a series of blasts at its bases in recent weeks. The deputy head of the Popular Mobilisation, which is dominated by Shia […]

Iran tanker row: Greece closes out ship after US warnings

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption The tanker set sail from Gibraltar on Friday Greece has refused to help the Iranian tanker recently detained in Gibraltar on suspicion of shipping oil to Syria. Deputy foreign minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis told broadcaster ANT1 his country was “not willing to facilitate the course of this ship to Syria”. The […]

Iran celebrities ‘using ambulances to skip Tehran traffic jams’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ambulances are not permitted to transport anyone but patients in Iran Celebrities and well-paid private tutors are using ambulances illegally to avoid traffic jams in Tehran, Iran’s private ambulance services chief says. Mojtaba Lohrasbi told Isna news agency that reports about “such a phenomenon” were correct, but that the situation […]

Khan Sheikhoun: Syria rebels pull out of key town after five years

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Smoke rises from Khan Sheikhoun in this photo taken Monday Syrian opposition forces have withdrawn from the strategic town of Khan Sheikhoun, deep in the last rebel-held province. Government forces, backed by Russia, closed in on the town in recent weeks, five years after rebels took over. Rebels told […]

Syrian civil war: ‘Three killed’ in attack on Turkish convoy

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Syria has condemned the convoy as an act of aggression and says it is heading for the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun A Syrian government air strike aiming to stop a Turkish convoy reaching a rebel-held town in northern Syria has killed three civilians, Turkey alleges. Another 12 people were […]

Syrian civil war: ‘Three killed’ in attack on Turkish convoy

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Syria has condemned the convoy as an act of aggression and says it is heading for the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun A Syrian government air strike aiming to stop a Turkish convoy reaching a rebel-held town in northern Syria has killed three civilians, Turkey alleges. Another 12 people were […]

Syrian civil war: ‘Three killed’ in attack on Turkish convoy

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Syria has condemned the convoy as an act of aggression and says it is heading for the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun A Syrian government air strike aiming to stop a Turkish convoy reaching a rebel-held town in northern Syria has killed three civilians, Turkey alleges. Another 12 people were […]

Syrian civil war: ‘Three killed’ in attack on Turkish convoy

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Syria has condemned the convoy as an act of aggression and says it is heading for the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun A Syrian government air strike aiming to stop a Turkish convoy reaching a rebel-held town in northern Syria has killed three civilians, Turkey alleges. Another 12 people were […]

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