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Little-known group claims it killed senior Egyptian army officer

Banner of the Revolution says it was responsible for murder of brigadier general outside his suburban Cairo home A little-known Egyptian group has claimed responsibility for the killing of a senior Egyptian army officer outside his suburban Cairo home. Show More Summary

Isis could refocus energy on west if it loses ground in Mosul, warns minister

Rory Stewart tells BBC’s Sunday Politics that losing credibility in the Middle East could cause Isis to seek targets elsewhere Militants from Islamic State could focus on attacking the west if they are pushed out of Mosul, the international...Show More Summary

Yemen war resumes as both sides ignore UN call to extend ceasefire

Airstrikes and ground clashes intensify, with parties shrugging off UN envoy’s appeal to renew 72-hour truce The Saudi-led coalition has stepped up airstrikes on Iran-backed rebels in Yemen and clashes rage on the ground as warring parties ignore a UN call to renew a fragile ceasefire. Show More Summary

Victory over Isis will stream live on Facebook. But defeat won’t

The war in Iraq is being broadcast 24/7. But don’t think for a moment that the authorities have surrendered their control over the media Some 34 years ago, almost by accident, Britain’s ministry of defence solved the pesky problem that had laid the Pentagon low in Vietnam. Show More Summary

Syria: heavy clashes mark end to Aleppo ceasefire

Only a handful of people use humanitarian corridors to flee city during three-day pause in fighting Heavy clashes have erupted between regime and rebel forces in Syria’s divided city of Aleppo after a “humanitarian” ceasefire expired...Show More Summary

Somali pirates free 26 Asian hostages after four years

The fishermen’s release was negotiated by a former British army colonel who has made a mission of working to free ‘forgotten hostages’ Somali pirates have released 26 Asian hostages held for nearly five years after the hijacking of their...Show More Summary

White House condemns use of chemical weapons by Syrian government forces

NSC spokesman condemns ‘Assad regime defiance of longstanding norms’ UN-OPCW inquiry blames government for toxic gas attack in March 2015 The White House on Saturday condemned the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, after an international inquiry found its forces responsible for a third toxic gas attack in Syria’s civil war. Show More Summary

‘We usually cry when we watch the news’: anguish of Iraq’s Yazidi families

As Iraqi troops and militias advance on Mosul, the fate of its captive children, ignored by politicians and the military, looks desperate When Laila learnt Islamic State was holding her son in an old school less than 100 miles from the refugee camp she now calls home, she could start to dream of a rescue attempt. Show More Summary

Carey Mulligan urges British government to take strong stance on Aleppo – video

Hundreds of London protesters, including actress Carey Mulligan, leave teddy bears outside the prime minister’s office as they demanded a larger British role in ending attacks on civilians in Syria’s Aleppo on Saturday. They said the...Show More Summary

Iraq: hundreds treated over toxic fumes from sulphur plant 'set alight by Isis'

Incident happened near Mosul, where US-backed military operation is battling to retake last Isis stronghold in Iraq Nearly 1,000 people have been treated for breathing problems linked to toxic gases from a sulphur plant which Islamic...Show More Summary

Authorities Conceal Location of Imprisoned Hunger-Striking Spiritual Thinker After He Slips Into a Coma

After three weeks on hunger strike, imprisoned spiritual thinker Mohammad Ali Taheri went into a coma and underwent emergency medical treatment on October 18, 2016, but the authorities are not revealing his location, his sister told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Show More Summary

'This is our land': Christians return to Iraqi town recaptured from Islamic State

Hussam Matti knelt to the ground, grabbed two fistfuls of brown-gray sand and poured it over his head. The grains mixed with the sweat on his brow as he stood up, smiled and threw up his arms.  “This is the earth of Bartella,” he shouted. “This is our land.” Government forces earlier this week...

Syrian forces responsible for third chemical attack, say investigators

Enough evidence to conclude device dropped in Idlib in March 2015 contained toxic substance later identified as chlorine gas The Syrian government is responsible for a third chemical attack against a rebel-held area, an international team has concluded. Show More Summary

'In Syria we believe in honouring our word': Asma al-Assad speaks about Syrian conflict

‘First lady of hell’ speaks to Russia’s Channel 24 in her first interview in eight years about her ‘pain and sadness’ over conflict as experts say interview is sign of regime’s confidence Her hair was tastefully curled, her makeup flawless and discreet. Show More Summary

Sailor from Anaheim killed in battle against Islamic State

A roadside bomb explosion in northern Iraq killed a 34-year-old Navy sailor from Orange County, the Pentagon said Friday, in the first U.S. casualty in the Iraqi-led offensive to retake the city of Mosul from Islamic State.   Chief Petty Officer Jason C. Finan of Anaheim died Thursday after his...

Ayatollah Montazeri’s Son Legally Defends Releasing Audio File of Father Denouncing 1988 Mass Execution of Prisoners

Ahmad Montazeri said in court that the Islamic Republic should publicly investigate the issue. Ahmad Montazeri, the son of late Grand Ayatollah Hosseinali Montazeri—the once successor to Iran’s first supreme leader—has been charged with...Show More Summary

Isis kills dozens and seizes hostages in counter-attack on Kirkuk

Islamic State tries to relieve pressure on besieged stronghold of Mosul with surprise pre-dawn raid on city 60 miles away Battered and in retreat over much of northern Iraq, Islamic State has launched a surprise counterattack far from...Show More Summary

Who is Asma al-Assad? – video explainer

Asma al-Assad gave a rare television interview on 18 October, saying she had refused offers of asylum for her and her children. The Syrian first lady, who grew up in west London and moved to the Middle East shortly before marrying Bashar...Show More Summary

Aleppo ceasefire at risk after Russia says all rebels can be eliminated

Hopes of extended humanitarian ceasefire diminish as diplomats back Syrian government’s right to attack non-jihadi fighters The prospects of an extended humanitarian ceasefire in eastern Aleppo have diminished after Russian diplomats...Show More Summary

Taliban envoys travel to Pakistan to discuss Afghanistan peace talks

Meeting with Pakistani officials follows insurgent group’s contacts with both Afghan and US officials in recent months Senior members of the Taliban’s political commission based in Qatar have travelled to Pakistan for discussions with security officials there about possible peace talks with the Afghan government. Show More Summary

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