United States

US to focus on 'elimination' of ISIL by military force

First meeting of international coalition since Trump's election held in Washington on the way forward in defeating ISIL.

Middle East

'Coalition air raid kills 33' at Syria refugee shelter

Activists say a suspected US-led coalition air raid struck a school sheltering displaced people near ISIL-held Raqqa.


Iran and ISIL 'top priority' for Iraq-US relations

Iran's role as a regional player will be among the key issues as Abadi meets Trump and other US officials in Washington.


Iraq war map: Who controls what

As fighting in parts of Iraq intensifies, a visual breakdown of the control of territory after years of war.

Middle East

Focus on al-Nuri Mosque in ongoing battle for Mosul

ISIL positions in city's west targeted as Iraqi troops close in on mosque from where Baghdadi declared his caliphate.

Battle for Mosul

ISIL after Mosul: Insurgency and rivalry

As the battle for Mosul reaches its final stages, what we are witnessing is ISIL's transformation, not its demise.

by Alia Brahimi

Battle for Mosul

The battle for western Mosul

As fighting continues between Iraqi forces and ISIL fighters, civilians have been fleeing the city in droves.

Syria's Civil War

Six years on: Why the war in Syria persists

As the war enters its seventh year, the prospect of achieving a peaceful solution is becoming increasingly difficult.

Middle East

Twin suicide attacks kill dozens in Damascus

Suicide bomber targets main judicial building in the capital's centre, with a second blast reported in the Rabweh area.

Middle East

Iraqi forces bear down on symbolic ISIL-held mosque

Elite troops battle towards iconic Nuri mosque where ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed the caliphate.

Middle East

Iraqi forces kill ISIL commander in Mosul

Government soldiers try to retake strategic bridge in ISIL-held western Mosul, but snipers slow the advance.

Syria's Civil War

Syria under siege

Millions of residents in besieged and hard-to-reach areas are suffering amid a flawed aid approval process.


Mobile courts give hope to displaced Iraqis

The courts offer assistance in obtaining essential civil identification documents for families who have fled ISIL.

Middle East

US 'invaders' in Syria not helpful, Assad says

But Syrian president says there could be room for cooperation with US President Donald Trump in the fight against ISIL.

Syria's Civil War

Geneva 4 and the shifting shape of Syria diplomacy

With a parallel track of talks and an amended agenda, the diplomatic process to end Syria's war is transforming.