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Syria conflict: Aleppo a slaughterhouse, UN rights chief says

Syria conflict: Aleppo a slaughterhouse, UN rights chief says

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Almost 500 people have been killed in rebel-held eastern Aleppo in the past month, the UN says UN human rights chief Zeid Raad Al Hussein has described the Syrian city of Aleppo as a “slaughterhouse”. In a speech, he said the siege and bombardment of Aleppo’s rebel-held east were among […]

Iraqi city of Kirkuk attacked as Mosul offensive continues

Iraqi city of Kirkuk attacked as Mosul offensive continues

Armed militants have raided government buildings in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk. Iraqi media said suicide bombers had attacked police stations and a power station, but that security forces repelled fighters. The so-called Islamic State group said it was behind the attack, claiming its fighters had broken into the town hall and taken control of […]

Mosul: Islamic State is ‘a brutal opponent’, says US general

Media captionUS Lt Gen Stephen Townsend: IS militants “are very adaptable, creative, cunning” The so-called Islamic State (IS) group is “a brutal opponent” in the fight for Mosul, the head of coalition forces for Iraq and Syria has told the BBC. US Lt Gen Stephen Townsend was speaking on the sidelines of the battle to […]

Mosul: Islamic State is ‘a brutal opponent’, says US general

Media captionUS Lt Gen Stephen Townsend: IS militants “are very adaptable, creative, cunning” The so-called Islamic State (IS) group is “a brutal opponent” in the fight for Mosul, the head of coalition forces for Iraq and Syria has told the BBC. US Lt Gen Stephen Townsend was speaking on the sidelines of the battle to […]

Mosul: Islamic State is ‘a brutal opponent’, says US general

Media captionUS Lt Gen Stephen Townsend: (IS) “are very adaptable, creative, cunning” The so-called Islamic State (IS) group is “a brutal opponent” in the fight for Mosul, the head of the coalition forces for Iraq and Syria has told the BBC. US Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend was speaking on the sidelines of the battle to […]

Syria conflict: Russia extends Aleppo ceasefire by 24 hours

Syria conflict: Russia extends Aleppo ceasefire by 24 hours

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Some 2,700 people have been killed or injured in rebel-held Aleppo in the past month, monitors say Russia says it will extend by 24 hours its “humanitarian pause” in air strikes on rebel-held eastern Aleppo, taking the break up until Friday afternoon. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said President Vladimir Putin […]

Yemen conflict: Fragile ceasefire holds despite small clashes

Yemen conflict: Fragile ceasefire holds despite small clashes

Image copyright EPA Image caption The Houthi rebel group controls the capital, Sanaa A fragile ceasefire is reported to be holding in Yemen amid the latest effort to end more than 18 months of fighting in the war-ravaged country. The UN-backed truce is intended to last at least three days, though there have been reports […]

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi ‘faces new round of lashes’

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi ‘faces new round of lashes’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Activists say Raif Badawi’s conviction violated his right to freedom of opinion and expression Supporters of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi have expressed alarm at a report that he faces a new round of lashes. A Canadian foundation campaigning for his release said a source had told it the flogging […]

Mosul offensive: ‘An IS drone flew right over our heads’

The BBC’s Orla Guerin reports from the front line as Kurdish troops advance on the Iraqi city of Mosul. Mosul has been in the hands of so-called Islamic State since 2014 and is the militants’ last major Iraqi stronghold. Mosul offensive: ‘An IS drone flew right over our heads’}

Syria conflict: Russia’s Aleppo ‘humanitarian pause’ takes effect

Syria conflict: Russia’s Aleppo ‘humanitarian pause’ takes effect

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Some 2,700 people have been killed or injured in rebel-held Aleppo in the past month, monitors say A “humanitarian pause” announced by Russia has formally come into effect in the Syrian city of Aleppo to allow civilians and rebels leave the city. Moscow earlier said air strikes by Russia and […]