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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 […]

Iraq conflict: Kurdish leaders refuse to reject referendum result

Iraq conflict: Kurdish leaders refuse to reject referendum result

Image copyright AFP Image caption Shia militias allied to the Iraqi government have poured into the city of Kirkuk Kurdish leaders have refused Iraqi government demands to reject the result of an independence referendum ahead of talks on the future of Iraqi Kurdistan. They met Iraqi President Fuad Masum on Sunday in a bid to […]

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 overnight, […]

Iraq conflict: Peshmerga ‘deadline to leave Kirkuk’ passes

Iraq conflict: Peshmerga ‘deadline to leave Kirkuk’ passes

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have been ordered to defend Kirkuk “at any cost” A deadline allegedly set by Iraq’s central government for Kurdish fighters to withdraw from key sites in the disputed city of Kirkuk has passed. Kurdish security officials said the deadline had been set for early on Sunday but […]

Saudi Aramco said its flotation remains on track for 2018

Saudi Aramco said its flotation remains on track for 2018

Image copyright Reuters Saudi Aramco has insisted that its plans for what is likely to be the world’s biggest stock market listing remain on track. There are reports Aramco might shelve the initial public offering (IPO) in favour of private share placings. But the state-owned oil giant said the timing for a £1.5 trillion dual […]

Iran nuclear deal: Global powers stand by pact despite Trump threat

Iran nuclear deal: Global powers stand by pact despite Trump threat

Media captionHassan Rouhani: “Iran will not surrender.” Global powers, including key US allies, have said they will stand by the Iran nuclear deal which US President Donald Trump has threatened to tear apart. Mr Trump said on Friday that he would stop signing off on the agreement. The UK, France and Germany responded that the […]

Iraq conflict: Kurdish Peshmerga ‘given deadline’ in Kirkuk

Iraq conflict: Kurdish Peshmerga ‘given deadline’ in Kirkuk

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have been ordered to defend Kirkuk “at any cost” Kurdish Peshmerga fighters say Iraq’s central government has ordered them to surrender key military positions in the disputed city of Kirkuk within hours. They were given a deadline of 02:00 on Sunday (23:00 GMT on Saturday) to quit […]

Syria war: Raqqa deal agreed to evacuate civilians

Syria war: Raqqa deal agreed to evacuate civilians

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Kurdish and Arab fighters have been pushing back IS since June A deal has been struck to evacuate civilians by bus from the Syrian city of Raqqa, where so-called Islamic State (IS) is surrounded by a US-led coalition of Kurdish and Arab fighters. Under the agreement arranged by local officials, […]

Iran nuclear deal: Trump to reveal tough new strategy

Iran nuclear deal: Trump to reveal tough new strategy

Media captionA timeline of what Trump’s said about the Iran deal US President Donald Trump is expected to set out a more confrontational strategy towards Iran, accusing it of pursuing “death and destruction”. It is thought he will focus on its non-nuclear activities, particularly those of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), accused of supporting terrorism. The […]

Syria war: Turkish forces set up positions in Idlib

Syria war: Turkish forces set up positions in Idlib

Image copyright EPA Image caption The Turkish convoy crossed into Idlib from Reyhanli, in the southern Turkish province of Hatay Turkish soldiers and armoured vehicles have crossed into Syria as part of an operation Ankara says is aimed at stopping fighting in Idlib province. A military statement said the forces would set up observation posts […]