Middle East
  • Last month, IS fighters were pushed back from its de facto headquarters in the city of Raqqa while a series of defeats against the Iraqi forces on another front has also deteriorated the outfit’s grip in the region.

    The loss of Deir al-Zour deals a big blow to IS, which took over huge swathes of the city in 2014.
    LAST UPDATE : Nov 03, 2017, 6:58 AM EDT
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    The U.S. on Tuesday voiced concern over reports of violence around the city of Kirkuk as the Iraqi forces took full control of the disputed province in less a day after launching a major military operation.

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 17, 2017, 5:59 AM EDT
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    The action in the Kurdish-held sites in Kirkuk province comes as Baghdad seeks to “secure bases” and “federal installations” following a contentious independence referendum in the region last month.

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 16, 2017, 5:27 AM EDT
  • Mosul's Al-Nuri Mosque as seen from a sniper hole.

    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said that the destruction of the Grand al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul by Islamic State fighters is a “formal declaration" that the jihadist outfit has conceded defeat against coalition forces.

    LAST UPDATE : Jun 22, 2017, 6:35 AM EDT
  • U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, heads to Moscow to persuade President Vladimir Putin.

    The G7 foreign ministers held a meeting with their Middle Eastern allies on Tuesday to reach a common ground over threatening Russia with strict sanctions if it fails to abandon Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 11, 2017, 7:52 AM EDT
  • About 650,000 civilians are trapped in conflict-hit western Mosul.

    Iraq’s Counter-Terrorism Service troops and elite interior ministry security units advancing towards IS-held western part of Mosul launched a fierce assault on the city airport and a nearby military base on Thursday.

    LAST UPDATE : Feb 23, 2017, 4:45 AM EST
  • Warships led by Russia's sole aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, will be withdrawn first

    Just days after implementing nationwide ceasefire across Syria, Russian military chief claimed on Friday that Moscow has begun scaling down its armed forces deployed in the Middle East country. 

    LAST UPDATE : Jan 06, 2017, 6:05 AM EST
  • Syrian rebels accuse the government of several ceasefire violations.

    Accusing the Syrian government of committing “many and large” ceasefire violations, the rebel groups on Monday threatened to boycott the peace conference scheduled in Astana, Kazakhstan for later this month.

    LAST UPDATE : Jan 03, 2017, 3:53 AM EST