Battle for Mosul: Destruction of al-Nuri mosque ‘shows IS defeated’

Battle for Mosul: Destruction of al-Nuri mosque ‘shows IS defeated’

Media captionThe BBC filmed these pictures of the mosque from across the front line just hours before it was destroyed Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says the destruction of an ancient mosque in the city of Mosul is “an official declaration of defeat” by so-called Islamic State (IS). Iraqi forces say IS blew up the […]

Battle for Mosul: IS ‘blows up’ al-Nuri mosque

Battle for Mosul: IS ‘blows up’ al-Nuri mosque

Image copyright AFP So-called Islamic State (IS) has blown up the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, Iraqi forces say. The historic landmark was where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed a “caliphate” in 2014. However, IS claims that US aircraft destroyed the mosque, in a statement issued by its news outlet Amaq. The Iraqi […]

Saudi king’s son Mohammed bin Salman is new crown prince

Saudi king’s son Mohammed bin Salman is new crown prince

Image copyright EPA Image caption Prince Mohammed bin Salman (left) replaces prince Mohammed bin Nayef (right) as crown prince Saudi Arabia’s king has appointed his son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince – replacing his nephew, Mohammed bin Nayef, as first in line to the throne. King Salman’s decree also means Prince Mohammed bin Salman, […]

Syria conflict: US jet ‘downs Iranian-made drone’

Syria conflict: US jet ‘downs Iranian-made drone’

Image copyright AFP Image caption An F15E fighter plane shot down the drone near Tanf, in southern Syria, the US military said A US jet has shot down an Iranian-made drone operated by forces backing the Syrian government in the south of the country, American officials say. The drone was thought to be armed and […]

Syria conflict: Australia suspends anti-IS raids

Syria conflict: Australia suspends anti-IS raids

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An F/A-18E Super Hornet (similar to the one pictured) shot down the Syrian plane Australia says it is temporarily suspending its military air operations over Syria, after a warning from Russia that it would treat aircraft from the US-led coalition as potential targets. The pause was a “precautionary measure”, […]

Israel starts work on first new West Bank settlement in 20 years

Israel starts work on first new West Bank settlement in 20 years

Image copyright Reuters Image caption This is the first time an Israeli government has built a new settlement since the 1990s Israel has started work on the first new Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank for more than 20 years, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said. He tweeted a photograph of a bulldozer and […]

Man jailed for dangling baby from window in Algeria

Man jailed for dangling baby from window in Algeria

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Police arrested the man for putting the baby’s life in danger A court in Algeria has sentenced a man to two years in prison for dangling his baby out of a window in order to attract “likes” on Facebook. The father posted a picture of himself holding the baby out […]

Syria conflict: Australia suspends military air operations

Syria conflict: Australia suspends military air operations

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An F/A-18E Super Hornet (similar to the one pictured) shot down the Syrian plane Australia says it is temporarily suspending its military air operations over Syria, after a warning from Russia that it would treat aircraft from the US-led coalition as potential targets. The pause was a “precautionary measure”, […]

Syria conflict: Russia issues warning after US coalition downs jet

Syria conflict: Russia issues warning after US coalition downs jet

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An F/A-18E Super Hornet (similar to the one pictured) shot down the Syrian plane Russia has warned the US-led coalition fighting in Syria that it will view its aircraft as targets, after a Syrian military plane was shot down. The coalition said it had shot down the Syrian Su-22 […]

US coalition in first downing of Syrian army plane

US coalition in first downing of Syrian army plane

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An F/A-18E Super Hornet (similar to the one pictured) shot down the Syrian army plane A US-led coalition fighter jet has shot down a Syrian military plane in Raqqa province, the US has confirmed. The SU-22 fighter bomber was engaged by an F/A-18E Super Hornet after it had dropped […]