• Published on 3 Nov 2017 Sections Syria, World

    The Syrian army says it has recaptured the strategic city of Deir al-Zour. The city had been held by the extremist Islamic State group for the last three years and was its last major position in Syria after recently losing control of Raqqa. Iraqi forces say they’ve also seized control of a crucial border crossing…

  • Published on 17 Oct 2017 Sections Syria

    After a five-month onslaught backed by US airstrikes, the Syrian Democratic Forces say they have taken full control of Raqqa from the Islamic State. The western backed troops drove IS fighters from their last holdouts this morning, freeing the remaining civilians who had been trapped inside. IS’s capital was one of the final bastions of…

  • Published on 21 Sep 2017 Sections Syria, World

    In Northern Syria, Kurdish and Arab forces have made major gains against the Islamic State in Raqqa, the capital of their purported Caliphate. The most significant Arab contingent fighting Isis comes from one of the largest tribes in the Middle East – the Shammar.

  • Published on 11 Jul 2017 Sections Syria

    We’ve just returned from Syria, where we’ve been spending time with an elite unit of the Syrian army called the Tiger Forces.

  • Published on 29 Jun 2017 Sections Iraq, World

    Iraqi government forces have closed in on the al-Nuri mosque in Mosul’s old town, where the militant Islamic State group proclaimed its self-styled caliphate three years ago. It is the site of the historic hunchback minaret which was destroyed last week. Retaking the area represents a symbolic victory in the eight month battle for Iraq’s…

  • Published on 26 Jun 2017 Sections Politics, Syria

    The Iraqi army says the battle to liberate Mosul from Islamic State militants will be over in just a “few days”. Despite a desperate counter-attack of suicide bombings, IS fighters are now thought to number just a few hundred and are holed up in a small area of the old city. Over the border in…

  • Published on 30 May 2017 Sections Iraq, World

    At least 31 people have been killed in a series of bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, including one outside a popular ice cream shop in the city centre. Militants from the Islamic State group said they carried out the attacks, which left dozens of other people injured, just days into the holy month…

  • Published on 30 Mar 2017 Sections Syria, UK

    A Briton who was a leading developer of the online currency Bitcoin and projected as a future billionaire, has been under police investigation for going to Syria to fight against the Islamic State group.

  • Published on 26 Mar 2017 Sections Iraq

    There are conflicting reports from the Iraqi city of Mosul over who carried out an air strike on a building which witnesses say killed 200 people.

  • Published on 6 Mar 2017 Sections Syria

    US-backed Syrian fighters say they’ve cut the main road south from the city of Raqqa, a stronghold of the extremist Islamic State group.

  • Published on 5 Mar 2017 Sections Iraq, World

    US-backed Iraqi forces have launched a new offensive on Islamic State militants in the city of Mosul.

  • Published on 16 Jan 2017 Sections World

    Loretta Napoleoni, an expert on terrorist financing who advises several governments and international organisations on counter-terrorism, and the journalist Graeme Wood, who has written extensively about the motivations behind IS.

  • Published on 15 Jan 2017 Sections Iraq, World

    Iraqi troops backed by the United States have siezed control of Mosul university from so-called Islamic State militants.

  • Published on 9 Jan 2017 Sections Iraq

    The three-month battle to recapture the city of Mosul, the last major stronghold of Islamic State militants in Iraq, is gathering pace.

  • Published on 3 Jan 2017 Sections Syria, UK

    A British man has been killed fighting the Islamic State group in Syria.Twenty-year-old Ryan Lock, a former chef  with no military experience, travelled to the country to fight alongside Kurdish militia known as the YPG.