Air strikes on Mosul help breach Islamic State group’s defences

Air strikes on Mosul help breach Islamic State group’s defences

Iraqi elite brigades fought their way into the outskirts of Mosul on Tuesday, backed by coalition air strikes. FRANCE 24’s reporters followed Iraq’s special forces as they coordinated the advance with their international allies. Targeted air strikes by the US-led coalition have been crucial to the troops’ swift offensive, helping Iraqi troops set foot in […]

Coalition steps up air strikes as IS group mounts tough defence of Mosul

Coalition steps up air strikes as IS group mounts tough defence of Mosul

Iraqi forces advancing on Mosul faced stiff resistance from the Islamic State (IS) group on Monday as the US-led coalition unleashed an unprecedented wave of air strikes to support the week-old offensive. Federal forces and Kurdish peshmerga fighters were moving forward in several areas around the IS group’s Iraqi stronghold in the north of the […]

Yemen’s ex-president calls for mobilisation on Saudi border after deadly air strikes

Yemen’s ex-president calls for mobilisation on Saudi border after deadly air strikes

Yemen’s rebel-allied former president Ali Abdullah Saleh called Sunday for mobilisation along the border with Saudi Arabia to avenge deadly air strikes on a funeral blamed on a Saudi-led coalition. “I call upon all members of the armed forces, security and popular committees (militia)… to head to the front, to the borders, to take revenge,” […]

US halts Syria talks with Russia as air strikes destroy major hospital in Aleppo

US halts Syria talks with Russia as air strikes destroy major hospital in Aleppo

Air strikes destroyed a major hospital in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Monday, a medical relief group said, as the US announced it had formally suspended talks with Russia on trying to end the conflict in the war-torn country. The M10 hospital in Aleppo’s rebel-held east was “completely destroyed” following multiple strikes over […]

Fierce air strikes on Aleppo after Syrian army declares offensive

Fierce air strikes on Aleppo after Syrian army declares offensive

Warplanes launched some of the heaviest air strikes yet on rebel-held areas of Aleppo on Friday after the Russian-backed Syrian army declared an offensive to fully capture Syria’s biggest city, killing off any hope of reviving a ceasefire. Residents said the streets were deserted as the 250,000 people still trapped in the besieged opposition-held sector […]

Kerry and Lavrov trade blame as air strikes pound Aleppo

Kerry and Lavrov trade blame as air strikes pound Aleppo

Russia and the United States clashed over the carnage in Syria at a tense meeting of the UN Security Council on Wednesday, as air strikes pounded Aleppo following the collapse of a ceasefire. An angry US Secretary of State John Kerry demanded that Russia force Syria to ground its air force, which Washington blames for […]

Scores killed in fresh Syria air strikes ahead of ceasefire

Scores killed in fresh Syria air strikes ahead of ceasefire

A barrage of airstrikes on rebel-held areas in Syria have killed scores of people, just hours after the government in Damascus approved a US-Russian plan to halt fighting in the country’s suppurating civil war. It was not immediately clear who carried out the raids, which hit the key northern cities of Idlib and Aleppo. But […]

France launches new wave of air strikes on IS group targets in Syria’s Raqqa

France launches new wave of air strikes on IS group targets in Syria’s Raqqa

  France on Sunday launched a fresh wave of air strikes targeting the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria, destroying an arms depot and combat positions in the group’s stronghold of Raqqa, the French foreign ministry said. In a statement, the ministry said four Rafale and four Mirage 2000 fighter jets as well as an […]

France launches new wave of air strikes on IS group targets in Syria’s Raqqa

France launches new wave of air strikes on IS group targets in Syria’s Raqqa

France on Sunday launched a fresh wave of air strikes targeting the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria, destroying an arms depot and combat positions in the group’s stronghold of Raqqa, the French foreign ministry said. In a statement, the ministry said four Rafale and four Mirage 2000 fighter jets as well as an Atlantique […]

Scores killed in air strikes on rebel-held areas of Syria

Scores killed in air strikes on rebel-held areas of Syria

Syrian and Russian warplanes have launched a wave of air strikes in northern Syria, killing dozens in areas held by a rebel alliance battling to take control of second city Aleppo. The strikes, which began on Saturday and were continuing on Sunday, killed at least 45 civilians inAleppo and west of the city and 22 […]

US launches air strikes on Islamic State group targets in Libya

US launches air strikes on Islamic State group targets in Libya

“The first American air strikes on precise positions of the Daesh organisation were carried out today, causing heavy losses… in Sirte,” Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj said in a televised speech, using an Arabic term to refer to the IS group. In Washington, the Pentagon said the raids were launched in response to a request from […]

US to probe civilian deaths in Syria as opposition calls for halt to coalition air strikes

US to probe civilian deaths in Syria as opposition calls for halt to coalition air strikes

The head of the opposition Syrian National Coalition called for a suspension of the U.S.-led air campaign against Islamic State in Syria while reports of dozens of civilian deaths from air strikes around the northern city of Manbij are investigated. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 56 civilians were killed in […]