Mosul offensive: Iraqi army seizes key town of Abu Saif

Media captionQuentin Sommerville: Iraqi forces “within sight” of Mosul Iraqi forces have taken a strategically important town close to western Mosul on the third day of their renewed push against so-called Islamic State (IS). The taking of Abu Saif means troops now have a direct line of sight to the Mosul’s airport and its heavily-populated […]

Israeli soldier gets 18 months for killing wounded Palestinian attacker

Israeli soldier gets 18 months for killing wounded Palestinian attacker

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The court dismissed Azaria’s claim that he thought the wounded victim presented a threat An Israeli soldier who killed a wounded Palestinian attacker in a high-profile case that split opinion across the country has been jailed for 18 months. Sgt Elor Azaria was found guilty of manslaughter for shooting dead […]

Governments ‘must address corruption to defeat IS’, says report

Governments ‘must address corruption to defeat IS’, says report

Image copyright AFP Image caption Iraqi forces advancing on IS-held territory south of Mosul So-called Islamic State (IS) will never be defeated unless the corrupt conditions that help it to thrive are addressed, a new report claims. Transparency International accuses western governments, including the UK and the US, of ignoring corruption as a major driver […]

Mosul offensive: Iraqi army battles for outskirts of IS city

Media captionQuentin Sommerville: Iraqi forces “within sight” of Mosul Iraqi government forces have moved closer to the southern outskirts of western Mosul, on the second day of a fresh offensive against so-called Islamic State. The outlying village of Abu Saif, which overlooks Mosul, has been hit by air strikes and helicopter gunships as the military […]

Iran bans private drones from skies over Tehran amid security fears

Iran bans private drones from skies over Tehran amid security fears

Image copyright PA Image caption Military officials in Tehran said “quadcopter” drones could be “exploited by the enemy” Iran has banned privately-owned drones from flying over Tehran after at least two devices were shot at in recent weeks over security fears. Licences will now only be granted to “relevant bodies and not individuals”, military officials […]

Libya’s eastern authority bans women travelling solo

Libya’s eastern authority bans women travelling solo

Image copyright AFP Image caption Libyan women who were at the forefront of the protests against Col Gaddafi are likely to see the ban as a setback Military officials controlling eastern Libya have banned women under 60 from travelling abroad on their own. The ban is said to be for “national security reasons” and not […]

Mosul offensive: Iraqi army resumes advance on IS bastion

Mosul offensive: Iraqi army resumes advance on IS bastion

Image caption Iraqi troops seized several villages during the first day of the offensive Iraqi government forces have resumed their push towards western Mosul, the last major stronghold of so-called Islamic State (IS) in Iraq. Artillery fire could be heard in the distance, reports the BBC’s Quentin Sommerville, who is embedded with government troops. Launching […]

Iran ‘will not instigate hostilities’ – foreign minister

The Iranian Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, has called on the United States to stop threatening Iran. In an interview with the BBC’s Chief International Correspondent, Lyse Doucet, he said moves in Washington to prepare new sanctions were an effort to provoke and agitate his country. Iran ‘will not instigate hostilities’ – foreign minister}

Syria conflict: Rebels warns truce may collapse after attacks

Syria conflict: Rebels warns truce may collapse after attacks

Image copyright AFP Image caption Smoke billows over a rebel-held area of Deraa, southern Syria, after a reported air strike Rebel factions in Syria that backed recent peace moves say an intensification of government attacks has put the current truce in jeopardy. They warn that they reserve the right to respond to recent bombings of […]

Iraq begins battle to free western Mosul from IS

Media captionIraqi forces go into battle to music Iraqi government forces have launched an offensive to liberate the western part of the city of Mosul from so-called Islamic State. Smoke rose over villages as hundreds of military vehicles, backed by air power, rolled across the desert towards the jihadists’ positions on Sunday. The offensive was […]

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