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Yemen crisis: Army chief killed in missile strike on camp

Yemen crisis: Army chief killed in missile strike on camp

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Maj Gen Ahmed Saif al-Yafei was killed when a missile struck a Yemeni army camp Yemen’s deputy army commander has been killed in a missile strike by Houthi rebels on a Red Sea army camp, military officials say. Maj Gen Ahmed Saif al-Yafei is said to have died in […]

Israeli PM criticises UN ‘hypocrisy’ on historic Australia visit

Israeli PM criticises UN ‘hypocrisy’ on historic Australia visit

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, arrive at Sydney Airport Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has thanked Australia for defending his nation against UN resolutions during a historic visit to Sydney. Mr Netanyahu on Wednesday became the first sitting Israeli PM to make a trip to Australia. He arrived hours […]

Israeli soldier gets 18 months for killing wounded Palestinian attacker

Israeli soldier gets 18 months for killing wounded Palestinian attacker

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The court dismissed Azaria’s claim that he thought the wounded victim presented a threat An Israeli soldier who killed a wounded Palestinian attacker in a high-profile case that split opinion across the country has been jailed for 18 months. Elor Azaria was found guilty of manslaughter for shooting dead 21-year-old […]

Mosul offensive: Iraqi army seizes key town of Abu Saif

Media captionQuentin Sommerville: Iraqi forces “within sight” of Mosul Iraqi forces have taken a strategically important town close to western Mosul on the third day of their renewed push against so-called Islamic State (IS). The taking of Abu Saif means troops now have a direct line of sight to the Mosul’s airport and its heavily-populated […]

Governments ‘must address corruption to defeat IS’, says report

Governments ‘must address corruption to defeat IS’, says report

Image copyright AFP Image caption Iraqi forces advancing on IS-held territory south of Mosul So-called Islamic State (IS) will never be defeated unless the corrupt conditions that help it to thrive are addressed, a new report claims. Transparency International accuses western governments, including the UK and the US, of ignoring corruption as a major driver […]

Libya’s eastern authority bans women travelling solo

Libya’s eastern authority bans women travelling solo

Image copyright AFP Image caption Libyan women who were at the forefront of the protests against Col Gaddafi are likely to see the ban as a setback Military officials controlling eastern Libya have banned women under 60 from travelling abroad on their own. The ban is said to be for “national security reasons” and not […]

Mosul offensive: Iraqi army battles for outskirts of IS city

Media captionQuentin Sommerville: Iraqi forces “within sight” of Mosul Iraqi government forces have moved closer to the southern outskirts of western Mosul, on the second day of a fresh offensive against so-called Islamic State. The outlying village of Abu Saif, which overlooks Mosul, has been hit by air strikes and helicopter gunships as the military […]

Mosul assault: Iraq troops make headway against IS

Mosul assault: Iraq troops make headway against IS

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Iraqi forces bombarded IS positions ahead of the advance Iraqi government forces have seized several villages as they move towards an assault on the last area held by the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Mosul. Hundreds of military vehicles, backed by air power, rolled across the desert towards IS positions […]

Iraq begins battle to free western Mosul from IS

Iraq begins battle to free western Mosul from IS

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Iraqi forces bombarded IS positions ahead of the advance Iraqi government forces have launched an offensive to liberate the western part of the city of Mosul from the so-called Islamic State. Hundreds of military vehicles, backed by air power, rolled across the desert towards IS positions early on Sunday. Iraqi […]

Kurds grieve for Briton killed fighting in Syria

Kurdish mourners gathered at Heathrow Airport as the body of Ryan Lock arrived back in the UK on Saturday. Mr Lock, 20, from Chichester, West Sussex, went to Syria to fight against so-called Islamic State. He died on 21 December during a battle for the IS group’s stronghold of Raqqa, while fighting with the Kurdish […]