Battle for Mosul: Destruction of al-Nuri mosque ‘shows IS defeated’

Battle for Mosul: Destruction of al-Nuri mosque ‘shows IS defeated’

Media captionThe BBC filmed these pictures of the mosque from across the front line just hours before it was destroyed Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says the destruction of an ancient mosque in the city of Mosul is “an official declaration of defeat” by so-called Islamic State (IS). Iraqi forces say IS blew up the […]

Battle for Mosul: IS ‘blows up’ al-Nuri mosque

Battle for Mosul: IS ‘blows up’ al-Nuri mosque

Image copyright Iraqi Joint Operation Command Image caption The Iraqi military provided this image showing the destruction at the mosque compound So-called Islamic State (IS) has blown up the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, Iraqi forces say. The historic landmark was where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed a “caliphate” in 2014. However, IS […]

Saudi king’s son Mohammed bin Salman is new crown prince

Saudi king’s son Mohammed bin Salman is new crown prince

Image copyright AFP Image caption Prince Mohammed bin Salman (left) replaces prince Mohammed bin Nayef (right) as crown prince Saudi Arabia’s king has appointed his son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince – replacing his nephew, Mohammed bin Nayef, as first in line to the throne. King Salman’s decree also means Prince Mohammed bin Salman, […]

Syria conflict: US jet ‘downs Iranian-made drone’

Syria conflict: US jet ‘downs Iranian-made drone’

Image copyright AFP Image caption An F15E fighter plane shot down the drone near Tanf, in southern Syria, the US military said A US jet has shot down an Iranian-made drone operated by forces backing the Syrian government in the south of the country, American officials say. The drone was thought to be armed and […]

Israel starts work on first new West Bank settlement in 20 years

Israel starts work on first new West Bank settlement in 20 years

Image copyright Reuters Image caption This is the first time an Israeli government has built a new settlement since the 1990s Israel has started work on the first new Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank for more than 20 years, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said. He tweeted a photograph of a bulldozer and […]

Syria conflict: Russia issues warning after US coalition downs jet

Syria conflict: Russia issues warning after US coalition downs jet

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An F/A-18E Super Hornet (similar to the one pictured) shot down the Syrian plane Russia has warned the US-led coalition fighting in Syria that it will view its aircraft as targets, after a Syrian military plane was shot down. The coalition said it had shot down the Syrian SU-22 […]

US coalition in first downing of Syrian army plane

US coalition in first downing of Syrian army plane

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An F/A-18E Super Hornet (similar to the one pictured) shot down the Syrian army plane A US-led coalition fighter jet has shot down a Syrian military plane in Raqqa province, the US has confirmed. The SU-22 fighter bomber was engaged by an F/A-18E Super Hornet after it had dropped […]

US coalition downs Syrian army plane in Raqqa

US coalition downs Syrian army plane in Raqqa

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A F/A-18E Super Hornet (similar to the one pictured) shot down the Syrian Army plane The US-led coalition in Syria has shot down a Syrian military jet in Raqqa province. The Syrian army said its warplane was on a mission against the Islamic State (IS) group when it came […]

Mosul battle: Iraqi forces attack IS-held Old City

Mosul battle: Iraqi forces attack IS-held Old City

Media captionIraqi federal police engaged in fierce gun battles There have been intense clashes on the first day of an offensive by Iraqi forces to retake Mosul’s Old City, the last district held by so-called Islamic State. Special forces and federal police advancing from the west and south were met with mortar fire and car […]

Iraqi forces attack Mosul’s Old City

Iraqi forces attack Mosul’s Old City

Iraqi forces say they have launched an assault on Mosul’s Old City, the last district held by so-called Islamic State. Special forces are advancing on the district from the west and federal police are on the southern front, a statement said. The UN says as many as 100,000 civilians are believed to be trapped in […]