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Qatar fearful over treatment of hajj pilgrims in Saudi

22 August, 2017

Qatar said it is worried hajj pilgrims from the emirate face being badly treated if they travel to Saudi Arabia as the row over arrangements for the religious event intensified.

Iraqi forces retake three districts of Islamic State bastion

22 August, 2017

The first three districts of Islamic State bastion Tal Afar were recaptured by Iraqi forces on Tuesday, as Baghdad welcomed the Pentagon chief.

Lebanon army 'in final stage of IS border battle'

22 August, 2017

The Lebanese army says it is in the final stages of a battle to clear IS militants from a mountainous region on the border with Syria.

Egypt to open Rafah crossing 'regularly' in September

22 August, 2017

Palestinians are anxiously awaiting an announcement from Egyptian authorities on the Rafah crossing opening amid conflicting reports about travel restrictions.

Two million displaced Iraqis return to 'liberated homes'

22 August, 2017

Residents of cities and villages that were captured by the Islamic State since 2014 have returned home following Iraq's operations against the militants, the government said.

'Sadr's Gulf visit indicates Iran's weakening grasp on Baghdad'

22 August, 2017

Muqtada al-Sadr's visit to the Gulf region last month indicates a change in Iraq's relations with its neighbours, analysts suggest.

Joint Turkish-Iranian operation against Kurds 'on the agenda'

21 August, 2017

Erdogan said on Monday that a joint military operation with Iran against Kurdish factions was 'always on the agenda', a week after Tehran's top military commander visited Ankara for talks.

Hamas faces threat of Salafist jihadists once more

21 August, 2017

Analysis: Hamas' crackdown on IS-inspired groups may win it some temporary favour with neighbouring Egypt, writes Rami Almeghari.

Hizballah says IS is trying to 'tarnish jihad's image'

21 August, 2017

Lebanese militia Hizballah has condemned last week's attacks by alleged IS sympathisers in Barcelona, saying it is an attempt to tarnish the image of jihad and Islam.

Spain identifies Barcelona attack suspect as manhunt widens

21 August, 2017

Spanish police have identified the driver of a van used in last week's Barcelona terror attacks, as the manhunt for the main suspect widens across Europe.

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