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

Media captionSyrian fighters celebrate at Raqqa’s infamous al-Naim square 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 four-month assault. Clearing operations were now under way to […]

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. Iraqi troops began a takeover of Kirkuk on Monday. The actions come three weeks after a Kurdish referendum on independence, which was […]

Kirkuk: Iraqi forces seize largest oil fields near disputed city

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

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 (SDF) said they had retaken al-Naim square, where IS once […]

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 […]

Syria war: ‘Final assault’ launched to recapture Raqqa

Image copyright Reuters Image caption US-backed militias have been besieging the city for months US-backed forces have launched their final assault on the remaining Islamic State (IS) militants in Raqqa. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) says it began the offensive on Sunday, after a convoy of IS fighters and their families left the city, along […]

Kirkuk: Iraqi government forces enter disputed city

Media captionIraqi federal police advance towards disputed city of Kirkuk Iraqi government forces have entered central Kirkuk, residents say, after taking key installations outside the disputed city from Kurdish fighters. Witnesses told the BBC they saw federal forces entering the provincial government building. Clashes were reported south of Kirkuk earlier in the day, while thousands […]

Syria war: ‘Final assault’ launched to recapture Raqqa

Image copyright Reuters Image caption US-backed militias have been besieging the city for months US-backed forces have launched their final assault on the remaining Islamic State (IS) militants in Raqqa. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) says it began the offensive on Sunday, after a convoy of IS fighters and their families left the city, along […]

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 Clashes have been reported between Iraqi and Kurdish forces after Baghdad sent troops towards disputed areas held by the Kurds in Kirkuk province. State TV said government forces had taken control of some […]

Syria war: ‘Final assault’ launched to recapture Raqqa

Image copyright Reuters Image caption US-backed militias have been besieging the city for months US-backed forces have launched their final assault on the remaining Islamic State (IS) militants in Raqqa. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) says it began the offensive on Sunday, after a convoy of IS fighters and their families left the city, along […]

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