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US urges calm as Kirkuk crisis escalates

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

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 […]

Kirkuk: Iraqi government forces enter disputed city

Kirkuk: Iraqi government forces enter disputed city

Media captionIraqi federal police advance towards disputed city of Kirkuk Iraqi government forces have entered central Kirkuk, residents say, after taking key installations outside the disputed city from Kurdish fighters. Witnesses told the BBC they saw federal forces entering the provincial government building. Clashes were reported south of Kirkuk earlier in the day, while thousands […]

Syria war: ‘Final assault’ launched to recapture Raqqa

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 […]

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

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 Clashes have been reported between Iraqi and Kurdish forces after Baghdad sent troops towards disputed areas held by the Kurds in Kirkuk province. State TV said government forces had taken control of some […]

Syria war: ‘Final assault’ launched to recapture Raqqa

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 […]

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

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

Image copyright AFP Image caption Iraqi forces have been in a stand-off with Kurdish fighters There have been clashes between Iraqi forces and Iraqi Kurdish fighters after Baghdad sent troops towards Kurdish-held sites in disputed Kirkuk province. State TV report that Iraqi forces have already taken control of some areas, including oil fields, but Kurdish […]

Syria war: ‘Final assault’ launched to recapture Raqqa

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 […]

Iraqi Turkmen woman recalls horrors of IS captivity

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

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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