Iraq

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.

Iraq war map: Who controls what

Iran

Iran's ballistic missile capabilities

Iran possesses a large amount of different missiles, from short-range missiles to long-range cruise-missiles.

Iran's ballistic missile capabilities

Middle East

Iran 'successfully' tests new ballistic missile

Defying US warnings, state media shows test of Khoramshahr missile hours after it was unveiled during a military parade.

Middle East

Flash floods destroy thousands of homes in Sudan

Rain and flash floods have destroyed thousands of homes in Sudan in the past few weeks. While some areas are still struggling to cope with the water levels, people in other regions are trying to rebuild their lives.

UpFront

Has the Syrian opposition lost the war?

Journalist Patrick Cockburn and Syrian American Council adviser Mohammed Ghanem offer differing views on the Syrian war.

Middle East

Prominent Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Mahdi Akef dies

The former Muslim Brotherhood general guide, Mohammed Mahdi Akef, has died. His daughter made the announcement on Facebook. Akef was arrested four years ago, a day after former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi was ousted from power.

Syria's Civil War

Raqqa: 'Seeing dead bodies is normal now'

As battle for ISIL-held Raqqa enters its final stages, those on the ground lament civilian casualties.

Raqqa: 'Seeing dead bodies is normal now'

Middle East

Kurdish leader Barzani: Independence will not disrupt fight against ISIL

Iraq's Kurdish leader, Masoud Barzani has promised Monday's independence referendum will definitely go ahead, despite international pressure to stop it.

Middle East

Prominent Syrian activist, daughter killed in Istanbul

Syrian National Coalition, relatives demand swift investigation into stabbing of Orouba and Halla Barakat in Turkey.

Orouba Barakat, daughter Halla found killed in Istanbul

Middle East

Kurdish referendum to 'go ahead' despite opposition

KRG head defiant as Turkey calls planned independence referendum in Kurdish northern Iraq a threat to its security.

Barzani: Kurd region poll to occur despite opposition

Middle East

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood leader Mahdi Akef dies at 89

Born in 1928, months after the founding of the Muslim Brotherhood, Akef was one of the group's most prominent members.

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood leader Mahdi Akef dies at 89

Kurds

'First time I vote': Syrians in Kurdish area hold polls

Elections begin three-phase process to set up new governing institutions that aim to secure regional autonomy.

Syrians vote in Kurdish-held northern region

Syria's Civil War

Israeli warplanes 'hit near Damascus airport'

The air raids reportedly struck sites controlled by the Lebanese armed group Hezbollah, says UK-based activist group.

SOHR: Israeli warplanes hit near Damascus airport

Middle East

UN chief urges world leaders to end Yemen conflict

Yemen is in the grip of the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Opinion

Kurdish independence vote: A historical perspective

The upcoming vote has little to do with Kurds' real grievances and much to share with conflicting geopolitical agendas.

Lorenzo Kamel

by Lorenzo Kamel

Lorenzo Kamel