Raqqa: IS ‘capital’ falls to US-backed Syrian forces

Image copyright AFP Image caption The official declaration that Raqqa has been “liberated” is expected soon A US-backed alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters says it has taken full control of so-called Islamic State’s one-time “capital” of Raqqa. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman Talal Sello said the fighting was over after a five-month assault. […]

Kirkuk: Iraqi forces seize largest oilfields near city

Media captionIraqi federal police advance towards disputed city of Kirkuk Iraqi government forces have taken control of the two largest oilfields near the disputed city of Kirkuk after Kurdish forces left the area. Iraqi troops began a takeover of Kirkuk on Monday. The actions come three weeks after a Kurdish referendum on independence, which was […]

US urges calm as Kirkuk crisis escalates

Media captionIraqi federal police advance towards disputed city of Kirkuk The US has called for “calm” after Iraqi government forces seized the northern city of Kirkuk and key installations from Kurdish control. State department spokeswoman Heather Nauert urged all parties to “avoid further clashes”. Iraqi soldiers moved into Kirkuk three weeks after the Kurdistan Region […]

Syria war: US-backed forces ‘control’ Raqqa

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The official declaration that Raqqa has been recaptured is expected soon US-backed forces in Syria say they now control so-called Islamic State’s one-time capital of Raqqa, with only a few dozen militants remaining in the city. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said they had retaken al-Naim square, where IS once […]

Iraqi forces enter Kirkuk as Kurds flee

Media captionIraqi federal police advance towards disputed city of Kirkuk Iraqi government forces have entered central Kirkuk after taking key installations outside the disputed city from Kurdish fighters. Thousands of people fled the city ahead of the Iraqi advance. The Iraqi military moved into Kirkuk three weeks after the Kurdistan Region held a controversial independence […]

Kirkuk: Iraqi forces capture key sites from Kurds

Media captionIraqi federal police advance towards disputed city of Kirkuk Iraqi government forces have captured key installations outside the disputed city of Kirkuk from Kurdish fighters. A military statement said units had taken control of the K1 military base, the Baba Gurgur oil and gas field, and a state-owned oil company’s offices. Baghdad said the […]

Kirkuk: Clashes reported after Iraqi forces advance on Kurdish-held sites

Image copyright AFP Image caption Baghdad said it was carrying out a major operation to take control of bases and oil fields in the disputed region Clashes have been reported between Iraqi forces and Iraqi Kurdish fighters after Baghdad sent troops towards Kurdish-held sites in Kirkuk province. State TV report that Iraqi forces have taken […]

Kirkuk: Iraqi forces advance on Kurdish-held sites

Image copyright AFP Image caption Iraqi forces have been in a stand-off with Kurdish fighters Iraqi forces are advancing towards Kurdish-held sites in Kirkuk province. They intend to take control of oil fields and an airbase in the disputed region, Kurdish security officials say. Tensions between the two sides over the future of Iraqi Kurdistan […]

Iraqi Turkmen woman recalls horrors of IS captivity

Image copyright Mahmut Hamsici Members of Iraq’s Shia Turkmen community have been the targets of brutal persecution by so-called Islamic State (IS). One woman, who asked not to be named, told BBC Turkish’s Mahmut Hamsici about her ordeal at the hands of militants from the Sunni jihadist group. Warning: Some readers may find details of […]

Syria war: ‘Final assault’ launched to recapture Raqqa

Image copyright Reuters Image caption US-backed militias have been besieging the city for months US-backed forces have launched their final assault on the remaining Islamic State (IS) militants in Raqqa. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) says it began the offensive on Sunday, after a convoy of IS fighters and their families left the city, along […]

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