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Mosul battle: IS 'may use civilians as human shields'

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:06:23 GMT

At least 200 Iraqi families have been forced to leave their homes for Mosul by Islamic State (IS) fighters and could be used as human shields, the UN warns.

Syria attack: Government accused of using chlorine

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 04:03:41 GMT

A third gas attack was carried out by Syrian forces in the north-western Idlib region of Syria in March last year, an international inquiry concludes.

Four dead after 'Libyan Coast Guard' vessel attacks migrant boat

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:15:56 GMT

A German rescue organisation says four migrants have died and 25 others are missing after a boat was attacked by a speedboat labelled "Libyan coast guard".

Syria conflict: Aleppo a slaughterhouse, UN rights chief says

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:29:27 GMT

The UN human rights chief describes the Syrian city of Aleppo as a "slaughterhouse" where "crimes of historic proportions" are being committed.

Mosul battle: IS launches Iraq counter-attack at Kirkuk

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:49:12 GMT

Islamic State militants counter-attack in northern Iraq, killing at least 19 people in Kirkuk, as government forces advance on their stronghold, Mosul.

Australian coach kidnapped in Yemen appears in hostage video

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:07:57 GMT

An Australian football coach who was kidnapped in Yemen last month appears in a video online saying his captors want ransom money.

Mosul displaced: 'We ran for our lives'

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:29:56 GMT

People from Mosul villages speak of how they fled IS and a raging battle

Inside the militants' tunnels in Mosul

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:38:25 GMT

A deep network of underground tunnels has been uncovered at the outskirts of Mosul.

Kirkuk resident 'ready to die for family'

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:55:40 GMT

Ahmed, a resident in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, which has come under fierce attack by the so-called Islamic State, describes how he is prepared to die to protect his family.

Mosul offensive: 'An IS drone flew right over our heads'

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:58:54 GMT

The BBC's Orla Guerin reports from the front line as Kurdish troops advance on the Iraqi city of Mosul.

Sci-fi Iraq

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:56:34 GMT

From dome gardens and psychedelic insects to an apocalyptic vision of corpse trading, Iraqi writers imagine their homeland 100 years after the US invasion.

Marching on Mosul

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:25:29 GMT

The BBC's defence correspondent Jonathan Beale on the week that saw Iraq launch the fight to push IS from its second-biggest city

IS tunnel

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:15:34 GMT

The BBC's Ahmed Maher explores a tunnel in a village abandoned by so-called Islamic State as Iraqi government forces advance on Mosul.

Burning tyres and air strikes

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:33:11 GMT

Satellite images and maps reveal how the long-awaited military offensive to reclaim Mosul from so-called Islamic State (IS) is progressing.

Pipe dreams

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:52:53 GMT

After a rupture of six years, Israel and Turkey are restoring bilateral relations - with a possible prize co-operation on a gas pipeline.