Turkey: Euphrates Shield campaign in Syria ‘ended’

Turkey: Euphrates Shield campaign in Syria ‘ended’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Turkish-backed rebels captured territory from so-called Islamic State, including Al-Bab Turkey says it has “successfully” ended its seven-month Euphrates Shield military campaign in northern Syria. But Prime Minister Binali Yildirim did not rule out new military operations and did not say whether Turkish troops would now leave Syria. Turkey launched […]

Mosul battle: Iraqi forces edge closer to key mosque

Mosul battle: Iraqi forces edge closer to key mosque

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Federal police officers are involved in fierce street fighting Iraqi forces say they are pushing into the Old City of Mosul and closing in on a key mosque despite fierce resistance from Islamic State (IS) militants. Federal police chief Lt-Gen Raed Jawdat said officers were besieging the area around the […]

Syria conflict: ‘Deal reached’ for four besieged towns

Syria conflict: ‘Deal reached’ for four besieged towns

Image copyright AFP Image caption Humanitarian organisations have been calling for unhindered access to Syria’s besieged areas The Syrian government and rebel groups have reportedly reached a deal to allow the evacuation of four besieged areas. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said residents of Foah and Kefraya, two government-held towns in the north-west, […]

Mosul battle: US ‘may be responsible’ for civilian deaths

Mosul battle: US ‘may be responsible’ for civilian deaths

Image copyright AFP Image caption Houses in the Jadida district were destroyed in an incident that left dozens dead A US army general has said coalition forces “probably” played a role in the 17 March air strike on west Mosul which may have killed more than 100 people Lt Gen Stephen Townsend said the US […]

Syria conflict: ‘Deal reached’ for four besieged areas

Syria conflict: ‘Deal reached’ for four besieged areas

Image copyright AFP Image caption Relief agencies have been calling for more aid deliveries to Syria’s besieged areas A deal has been reached to allow the evacuation of four besieged areas in Syria, reports say. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says residents of Foah and Kefraya, two government-held villages in the north-west, will […]

Mosul battle: Coalition urged to review tactics after civilian deaths

Media captionJeremy Bowens reports on the make-shift weapons leaving civilians with an impossible choice The UN’s human rights chief has called on Iraqi and US-led coalition forces to review their tactics in the battle for the city of Mosul to protect civilians. Zeid Raad Al Hussein said bodies were being found in buildings where IS […]

UN experts call for release of UAE activist Ahmed Mansoor

UN experts call for release of UAE activist Ahmed Mansoor

Image copyright AP Image caption Ahmed Mansoor is accused of using social media “to publish false and misleading information” UN human rights experts have called on the United Arab Emirates to release the prominent activist Ahmed Mansoor. Mr Mansoor, 47, was taken away in the early hours of 20 March by security agents, who broke […]

Amazon to buy Middle East online retailer Souq

Amazon to buy Middle East online retailer Souq

Image copyright AP Amazon has made its first move into the Middle East after agreeing to buy the region’s largest online retailer, Souq.com, for an undisclosed amount. Souq was launched in 2005 and offers more than 8.4 million products. It sells across 31 categories including consumer electronics, fashion, health and beauty, household goods and baby. […]

Scale of Mosul civilian deaths alarms Amnesty International

Media captionJeremy Bowens reports on the make-shift weapons leaving civilians with an impossible choice The US-led coalition against so-called Islamic State appears to be failing to take adequate precautions to prevent civilian deaths during the battle for Mosul, Amnesty International says. The group found evidence pointing to an “alarming pattern” of air strikes in the […]

Spain to investigate Syrian officials for alleged torture

Spain to investigate Syrian officials for alleged torture

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Thousands of people are said to have been tortured – and killed – by Syrian security forces A Spanish court has ordered the first criminal investigation into the actions of Syrian government officials during the country’s civil war. The case involves a Spanish woman, born in Syria, who said […]

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