Syria conflict: Rebels launch fresh Damascus assault

Syria conflict: Rebels launch fresh Damascus assault

Image copyright AFP Image caption Rebel faction Faylaq al-Rahman said its fighters had regained ground they lost to the army on Sunday Rebels and allied jihadists have launched a new attack in east Damascus, two days after Syrian government forces repelled an initial assault. A rebel official said they had retaken ground in the Jobar […]

Israel: Hezbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine ‘killed by own men’

Israel: Hezbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine ‘killed by own men’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Badreddine was killed in a blast near Damascus airport in May 2016 The Israeli military’s chief of staff has added weight to Arab media reports that Hezbollah was behind the killing of its own commander in Syria in 2016. Lt Gen Gadi Eisenkot said Israeli intelligence had similarly concluded that […]

Beauty and the Beast pulled from cinemas in Kuwait

Beauty and the Beast pulled from cinemas in Kuwait

Image copyright Disney Image caption Emma Watson stars as Belle in the live-action remake Beauty and the Beast has been pulled from Kuwaiti cinemas amid concerns from censors. The live-action remake of the classic animation makes LeFou, villain Gaston’s sidekick, the first openly gay character in a Disney film. A board member at the National […]

Syria war: Russia denies aiding Kurds to set up a military base

Syria war: Russia denies aiding Kurds to set up a military base

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The YPG says its fighters will receive Russian training at the base near Afrin Russia is helping Syrian Kurdish YPG forces to establish a military base in northern Syria that will be used to train its fighters, the militia says. But Russian officials have insisted there are no plans to […]

Mosul battle: 180,000 civilians flee as Iraqi troops advance

Media captionThose who have survived under the rule of so-called IS in western Mosul now face starvation. More than 180,000 civilians have fled the west of the Iraqi city of Mosul in the past month, as government forces battle Islamic State (IS) militants. Iraqi officials say most have taken refuge in camps and reception centres. […]

Saving Syria’s heritage: Archaeologists discover invisible solution

Saving Syria’s heritage: Archaeologists discover invisible solution

Image copyright Smartwater Technology Image caption An ancient mosaic is painted with an invisible liquid that is detectable under ultra-violet light The recent plundering of priceless artefacts from Syria and Iraq by both terrorists and criminal gangs has taken place on an unprecedented scale. Stolen items have been turning up in Europe and the US, […]

Iraq car bomb kills 20 in south-west Baghdad

Iraq car bomb kills 20 in south-west Baghdad

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The bomb went off in the busy Amil business district of Baghdad A car bomb has exploded in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, killing more than 20 people and wounding many others, police and medical sources say. The blast went off in a market in the mainly Shia Amil district in […]

Syria conflict: Aircraft pound rebel-held eastern Damascus

Syria conflict: Aircraft pound rebel-held eastern Damascus

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Syrian military said troops had recaptured all the positions it had lost on Sunday Syrian government forces are reportedly bombarding eastern areas of the capital, Damascus, a day after rebel fighters launched a surprise offensive. Activists said opposition-held parts of Jobar had been targeted repeatedly by aircraft and artillery, […]

Syria war: Damascus sees fierce clashes after rebel attack

Syria war: Damascus sees fierce clashes after rebel attack

Image copyright AFP Image caption Rebel-held areas on the outskirts of Damascus have been extensively damaged in recent months Syrian security forces are engaged in fierce clashes with rebels on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, residents say. Artillery shells and rockets landed inside the heart of the city as part of a surprise […]

Syria conflict: Rebels begin evacuating Homs enclave of al-Wair

Syria conflict: Rebels begin evacuating Homs enclave of al-Wair

Image copyright EPA Image caption The Syrian Arab Red Crescent is helping to evacuate people from al-Wair, the last rebel-held district of Homs Syrian rebels and their families are leaving their last remaining enclave in Homs, a city once dubbed “the capital of the revolution”. Buses have begun transporting people out of al-Wair district, under […]