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Militants kill Egyptian security forces in desert shoot-out

Militants kill Egyptian security forces in desert shoot-out

Image copyright AFP Image caption The clash took place near the Bahariya oasis (pictured) More than 50 Egyptian security personnel have died during a clash with suspected Islamist militants. The militants opened fire on the group during a raid on their hideout near the Bahariya oasis in the Western Desert, the interior ministry said. Security […]

Iraq Kurds: Army claims full control of Kirkuk province

Iraq Kurds: Army claims full control of Kirkuk province

Media captionKurdish fighters are moving into the area Iraqi forces say they have now wrested control of all areas of Kirkuk province from Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, following fierce fighting. They say they have retaken Alton Kupri, the last Kurdish-held area. There has been no Kurdish confirmation. A BBC correspondent at the scene witnessed rocket, artillery […]

Kirkuk province: Iraqi and Kurdish forces in fierce fight

Kirkuk province: Iraqi and Kurdish forces in fierce fight

Media captionKurdish fighters are moving into the area There have been fierce clashes between Kurdish and Iraqi troops north of Kirkuk city, days after the Iraqi army took control of disputed areas. A BBC correspondent at the scene said there had been rocket, artillery and machine-gun fire in Alton Kupri. The district is the last […]

Hamas must disarm to join Palestinian unity government – US

Hamas must disarm to join Palestinian unity government – US

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Hamas and Fatah signed the reconciliation deal in Cairo after talks brokered by Egypt The United States says the militant Islamist movement Hamas must lay down its weapons if it is to play a part in a new Palestinian government. Hamas, which dominates the Gaza Strip, and the rival Fatah […]

Inside Raqqa after IS pushed out

The BBC’s Feras Kilani was with Syrian Democratic Forces as they took control of the centre of Raqqa, Syria. The city has been the strong-hold of so-called Islamic State since 2014. Inside Raqqa after IS pushed out}

Iraq takes disputed areas as Kurds ‘withdraw to 2014 lines’

Iraq takes disputed areas as Kurds ‘withdraw to 2014 lines’

Media captionIraqi federal police advance towards disputed city of Kirkuk Iraq’s military says it has completed an operation to retake disputed areas held by Kurdish forces since 2014. On Monday and Tuesday troops retook the multi-ethnic city of Kirkuk and its oilfields, as well as parts of Nineveh and Diyala provinces. Peshmerga fighters had seized […]

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

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. […]

Iraqi forces enter Kirkuk as Kurds flee

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

Kirkuk: Iraqi forces capture key sites from Kurds

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Iraq’s central government said the operation aimed to “secure bases and government facilities” 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 […]

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 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 […]

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