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Syria al-Qaeda leader 'targeted in strike on car'

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:37:18 GMT

Reports are unclear whether Abu al-Khayr al-Masri survived an attack on a car in Idlib province.

Mosul battle: Iraqi forces seize key bridge

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:13:22 GMT

Once repaired, the bridge could help the Iraqi government bring in reinforcements and supplies.

Oscars: Iranian winner Asghar Farhadi blasts Trump travel ban

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:36:18 GMT

Director Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman won best foreign language film but he boycotted the awards.

Father of US commando killed in Yemen refused to meet Trump

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:28:25 GMT

The US must investigate the "stupid mission" in Yemen that saw his son killed, Bill Owens says.

Western Sahara: Morocco to pull out of UN buffer zone

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:03:34 GMT

Tension in the area flared up when Moroccan troops moved in, breaching a UN-backed ceasefire.

Syria: Twin attacks on Homs security bases kill dozens

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:49:12 GMT

A militant group says it was behind attacks by gunmen and suicide bombers on two security bases.

So-called Islamic State 'carried out drone attacks'

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 22:11:28 GMT

So-called Islamic State releases footage apparently showing a drone attack on Mosul, Iraq.

Islamic State battle: Fierce gunfight outside Mosul airport

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:35:55 GMT

The BBC's Quentin Sommerville joins Iraqi forces as they recapture Mosul airport from so-called Islamic State.

On the hunt for IS extremists

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:32:20 GMT

Iraqi Security services say they've arrested more than 1,000 suspected IS members in Eastern Mosul.

Islamic State: Battle for Mosul by land and air

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:21:15 GMT

While so-called Islamic State rules the road, Iraqi forces control the skies in the battle for Mosul, as the BBC's Quentin Sommerville reports.

Terror from the sky

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 02:02:09 GMT

So-called Islamic State is using commercial drones to drop bombs as it fights to hold west Mosul.

Art of stone

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:39:29 GMT

Syrian artist uses stones to create real-life situations from the conflict in his country

'Everyone is scared'

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:42:55 GMT

Trapped residents describe the terror of western Mosul, as the Iraqi army attempts to retake the city from IS.

Trapped in Raqqa: Sri Rahayu's story

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:01:10 GMT

Indonesian Sri Rahayu was forced to live under the control of so-called Islamic State.

Thaw on pause

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:01:17 GMT

The new Trump presidency could have profound implications for US relations with Iran, says the BBC's Kambiz Fattahi.

Gay, trans and illegal

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:13:21 GMT

Gay sex can get you arrested in Lebanon, but has a surprising ruling in a recent case changed the future for the country’s LGBT community? BBC Pop Up is in Lebanon to find out.