Iraqi forces cut off IS group stronghold of Mosul from Syria

Iraqi forces cut off IS group stronghold of Mosul from Syria

  Forces battling the Islamic State (IS) group said they had trapped the jihadists inside their stronghold of Mosul on Wednesday, when allied militias linked up west of the city. Paramilitary fighters with the Iranian-backed Hashid Shaabi or Popular Mobilisation units cut off the road between the towns of Tal Afar and Sinjar, blocking the […]

Video: Iraqi Kurdish forces discover IS tunnels near Mosul

Video: Iraqi Kurdish forces discover IS tunnels near Mosul

FRANCE 24’s reporters followed Iraqi Kurdish forces as they discovered a warren of tunnels used by Islamic State group fighters in the town of Bashiqa, near Mosul. Peshmerga forces recaptured Bashiqa from IS this week, after street fighting and air strikes that heavily damaged many of the town’s low, brightly painted homes and rows of […]

Iraqi forces face tough resistance inside Mosul

Iraqi forces face tough resistance inside Mosul

Jihadist fighters unleashed a deluge of bombs and gunfire Friday on Iraqi forces punching into the streets of Mosul for the first time, forcing some units into a partial pullback. Some armoured vehicles from the elite Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) returned from the streets of Al-Karamah a few hours after moving in and encountering fierce resistance […]

Iraqi forces enter jihadist-held Mosul, military says

Iraqi forces enter jihadist-held Mosul, military says

Iraqi forces fought their way into jihadist-held Mosul on Tuesday as a top commander said the “true liberation” of the city from the Islamic State group had begun. Just over two weeks into the massive offensive to retake Mosul — IS’s last major stronghold in Iraq — the army said its forces had managed to […]

Syrian government forces behind third deadly gas attack

Syrian government forces behind third deadly gas attack

An international inquiry found Friday that Syrian government forces were responsible for a third toxic gas attack, setting the stage for a showdown between Russia and western council members over how to respond. The fourth report from the 13-month-long inquiry by the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the […]

Russian, Syrian armed forces declare ‘humanitarian pause’ in Aleppo

Russian, Syrian armed forces declare ‘humanitarian pause’ in Aleppo

Russian and Syrian armed forces will pause attacks on the Syrian city of Aleppo for eight hours on Thursday to allow civilians and rebels to leave the city, the Russian defence ministry said on Monday. But Moscow ruled out a lasting ceasefire, a step that Western governments have been demanding, saying that would only give […]

Crisis looms as Kenya forces refugees to return to war-torn Somalia

Crisis looms as Kenya forces refugees to return to war-torn Somalia

With the closure of the world’s largest migrant camp in Kenya, thousands of Somali refugees could be forced to return to their war-ravaged homeland. The move has been branded a violation of international law. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said Monday that what was supposed to be a voluntary returns process, involving mostly Somalis, did […]

Libyan forces launch ‘final battle’ to oust IS group from Sirte

Libyan forces launch ‘final battle’ to oust IS group from Sirte

  Forces loyal to Libya’s UN-backed unity government on Sunday pushed into the last areas of Sirte held by the Islamic State (IS) group in what was the jihadists’ coastal stronghold. The battle for the hometown of Libya’s slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi was launched more than three months ago by forces loyal to the Tripoli-based […]

Iraqi forces retake key town of Qayara from IS group

Iraqi forces retake key town of Qayara from IS group

Iraqi forces have retaken the key town of Qayara, near a major air base south of Mosul, from the Islamic State group, according to a statement from the Iraqi prime minister’s office. Haider al-Abadi said the victory marks an “important step” on the road to Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city which has been in IS hands […]

California fire of ‘intensity never seen before’ forces thousands to flee

California fire of ‘intensity never seen before’ forces thousands to flee

A wildfire with a ferocity never seen before by veteran California firefighters raced up and down canyons, instantly engulfing homes and forcing thousands of people to flee, some running for their lives just ahead of the flames. By Wednesday, a day after it ignited in brush left bone dry by years of drought, the blaze […]

Libyan forces recapture key Islamic State group base in Sirte

Libyan forces recapture key Islamic State group base in Sirte

Libyan forces battling to oust Islamic State (IS) from Sirte said they had made major advances on Wednesday, capturing a convention centre previously used as a base by the jihadist group, as well as the city’s university and hospital. “Our forces have complete control of the whole of the Ouagadougou (convention) complex – they even […]

FC, Rangers joint operation kills eight militants

QUETTA: In a joint operation, Frontier Corps (FC) and Sindh Rangers claimed to have killed eight militants at Sindh-Balochistan border on Tuesday night, an official said.

FC, Rangers joint operation kills eight militants

Khan Wasey, a spokesman for the FC said that three paramilitary personnel were injured during the exchange of fire. The injured personnel were shifted to hospital in Panu Aqil for medical treatment, he added. “There is still fighting ongoing between forces and miscreants,” Wasey said, adding that both sides were using heavy weapons against each […]