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}

Iraqi forces retake Kurdish-held areas in Nineveh province

Iraqi forces retake Kurdish-held areas in Nineveh province

Media captionIraqi federal police advance towards disputed city of Kirkuk Iraqi government forces say they have taken control of more disputed areas previously held by Kurdish forces. The positions in Nineveh province, including the Mosul Dam, had been captured by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters over the past three years during fighting with so-called Islamic State. Earlier […]

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. […]

Kirkuk: Iraqi forces seize largest oilfields near city

Kirkuk: Iraqi forces seize largest oilfields near city

Media captionIraqi federal police advance towards disputed city of Kirkuk Iraqi government forces have taken control of the two largest oilfields near the disputed city of Kirkuk after Kurdish forces left the area. A string of oilfields – vital to the Kurdish economy – have been seized by Iraqi troops since Monday. Troops have taken […]

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 say they have retaken al-Naim square, where IS once held […]

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 […]

Kirkuk: Iraqi forces advance on Kurdish-held sites

Kirkuk: Iraqi forces advance on Kurdish-held sites

Image copyright AFP Image caption Iraqi forces have been in a stand-off with Kurdish fighters Iraqi forces are advancing towards Kurdish-held sites in Kirkuk province. They intend to take control of oil fields and an airbase in the disputed region, Kurdish security officials say. Tensions between the two sides over the future of Iraqi Kurdistan […]

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