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Islamic State confirms key commander Omar Shishani dead

Islamic State confirms key commander Omar Shishani dead

Image copyright AFP Image caption The US had offered a $5m (£3.5m) reward for Omar Shishani A news agency linked to so-called Islamic State has confirmed the death of key leader Omar Shishani, whom the US said it killed in March. The Amaq news agency said Shishani was killed in combat in the town of […]

Turkey PM Yildirim hints at mending ties with Syria

Media captionBinali Yildirim: ‘Unless Assad changes, nothing changes in Turkey’ Turkey has said it wants to re-establish good relations with Syria – in an apparent reversal of its policy towards its war-stricken neighbour. Up to now Turkey’s government has been pressing hard for the overthrow of the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad. But Turkish Prime Minister […]

‘Jihadists’ killed Hezbollah commander

‘Jihadists’ killed Hezbollah commander

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mustafa Amine Badreddine was involved in Hezbollah military operations for years Hezbollah’s top military commander in Syria, Mustafa Amine Badreddine, was killed in artillery fire by jihadists, the Lebanese group says. Badreddine’s death near Damascus airport was announced on Friday and initially blamed on Israel, Hezbollah’s chief enemy. Badreddine was […]

Thousands mourn Hezbollah commander

Media captionThousands mourned Badreddine in Beirut – but he was a divisive figure, as Rami Ruhayem reports Thousands of people have attended the funeral in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, of top Hezbollah military commander Mustafa Amine Badreddine. He died in an explosion near Damascus airport, the Lebanon-based group said, adding it would announce “within hours” its […]

Top Hezbollah commander killed in Syria

Top Hezbollah commander killed in Syria

Image copyright AP Image caption Mustafa Amine Badreddine’s brother Adnan (L) paid his tribute in southern Beirut The man believed to be Hezbollah’s most senior military commander in Syria’s war has been killed in Damascus. Mustafa Amine Badreddine died in a large explosion near Damascus airport, the Lebanon-based militant group said in a statement on […]

Syria aid convoy denied entry to town

Syria aid convoy denied entry to town

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Residents of Darayya are living in desperate conditions, aid organisation say Syrian government forces have blocked what would have been the first aid convoy to a besieged Damascus suburb for more than three years. The convoy had been given permission “from all parties” to proceed, the UN and Red Cross […]

Top Hezbollah commander killed

Top Hezbollah commander killed

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mustafa Amine Badreddine is believed to have been Hezbollah’s second most senior official A senior Hezbollah commander has been killed in an Israeli operation in Syria, the Lebanon-based Shia militant organisation says. It did not provide details, but Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen TV said Mustafa Amine Badreddine died in an Israeli air […]

Yemen soldiers killed in attacks

Yemen soldiers killed in attacks

Image copyright AFP Image caption Yemeni forces are in control of the town of Mukalla, but al-Qaeda banners remain in place At least 10 soldiers have been killed in three attacks on army bases in the southern Yemen city of Mukalla, military sources say. The so-called Islamic State (IS) said it was behind at least […]

Iran ‘will not send pilgrims to Hajj’

Iran ‘will not send pilgrims to Hajj’

Image copyright AP Image caption Millions of Muslim pilgrims from all over the world attend the annual Hajj Iranians will not make the Hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia this year after talks failed to break an impasse, an Iranian minister has said. Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister Ali Jannati said the Saudis had played a […]

Yemen forces hit by multiple attacks

Yemen forces hit by multiple attacks

Image copyright AFP Image caption Yemeni forces are in control of the town of Mukalla, but al-Qaeda banners remain in place At least 10 soldiers have been killed in three attacks on army bases in the southern Yemen city of Mukalla, military sources say. The so-called Islamic State (IS) said it was behind at least […]