Syria’s Saydnaya prison crematorium hid killings, says US

Syria’s Saydnaya prison crematorium hid killings, says US

Image copyright Amnesty International Image caption Saydnaya prison has been described as a human slaughterhouse The Syrian government has constructed a crematorium at a military prison to dispose of the remains of thousands of murdered prisoners, the US has alleged. The State Department has released satellite images of the facility which it said was used […]

Iran election: Hardliner Qalibaf withdraws candidacy

Iran election: Hardliner Qalibaf withdraws candidacy

Image copyright Tasnim News Agency via Reuters Image caption Clerics reportedly feared Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf would split the anti-Rouhani vote Tehran’s hardline mayor, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, has withdrawn from Iran’s presidential election. Mr Qalibaf called on his supporters to back conservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi against the incumbent Hassan Rouhani, a moderate who is seeking a […]

Syria war: Rebels evacuated from Damascus stronghold

Syria war: Rebels evacuated from Damascus stronghold

Image copyright AFP Image caption Rebels and civilians displaced from Qaboun were transported to camps in Idlib province Buses have arrived in northern Syria carrying rebels and their families who were evacuated from a devastated north-eastern district of Damascus. Some 2,300 people left Qaboun on Sunday following two months of intense air strikes and artillery […]

Yemen war: Emergency in Sanaa as cholera kills scores

Yemen war: Emergency in Sanaa as cholera kills scores

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Children are especially vulnerable to the water-borne disease A state of emergency has been declared in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, after an outbreak of cholera killed scores of people. Hospitals in the city, which is controlled by Houthi rebels, are crowded with cholera patients. The Red Cross says the number […]

‘I wanted to show what a woman can do’

Although women can’t run in the forthcoming presidential elections in Iran, they are active in local politics. We spoke to four women about their experiences. ‘I wanted to show what a woman can do’}

Mosul battle will be finished within days – Iraqi army chief

Mosul battle will be finished within days – Iraqi army chief

Image copyright AFP Image caption Troops have faced fierce resistance from militants using suicide car bombs and snipers Iraqi security forces are only days away from completing the operation to recapture Mosul from so-called Islamic State, the army’s chief of staff says. Lt Gen Othman al-Ghanimi told the BBC he hoped the jihadist group would […]

IS conflict: Syrian force ‘takes town of Tabqa and dam’

IS conflict: Syrian force ‘takes town of Tabqa and dam’

Image copyright AFP Image caption The battle for Tabqa has been raging for weeks An alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters has announced it has taken a strategically important town from so-called Islamic State (IS). The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said they had “completely liberated” the town and its nearby dam, which are 40km […]

IS conflict: Syrian opposition ‘take town of Tabqa and dam’

IS conflict: Syrian opposition ‘take town of Tabqa and dam’

Image copyright AFP Image caption The battle for Tabqa has been raging for weeks An alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters has announced it has taken a strategically important town from so-called Islamic State (IS). The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said they had “completely liberated” the town and its nearby dam, which are 40km […]

Syria war: US to arm Kurds in battle for Raqqa

Syria war: US to arm Kurds in battle for Raqqa

Image copyright Reuters Image caption US special forces have been supporting SDF units on the ground US President Donald Trump has approved supplying weapons to Kurdish forces fighting so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria, the Pentagon says. Kurdish elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) would be equipped to help drive IS from its stronghold, […]

Yemen war: Surge in cholera outbreak kills 34 – WHO

Yemen war: Surge in cholera outbreak kills 34 – WHO

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Children are particularly vulnerable to the water-borne disease A resurgence of a cholera outbreak in war-torn Yemen is believed to have killed 34 people in the past two weeks. The World Health Organisation says 2,022 suspected cases of cholera and acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) were reported between 27 April and […]