Tag Archive | War

Mosul’s residents tell of hopes and fears after Isis flees Iraqi city

Mosul’s residents tell of hopes and fears after Isis flees Iraqi city

[…]The UN’s International Organisation for Migration estimated last week that more than a million people had been displaced from east and west Mosul and that there were more than 800,000 people living in camps. […]

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Donald Trump’s hands-off approach gives US military free rein

Donald Trump’s hands-off approach gives US military free rein

President has delegated direction of overseas conflicts to his generals, raising fears of unchecked escalation.

Syrian rebels agree in Qatar to stop infighting

Syrian rebels agree in Qatar to stop infighting

Two Syrian rebel groups which have been fighting each other near Damascus have negotiated a ceasefire in Qatar, statements published by the two groups said. More than 500 people have been killed since April when fighting erupted between rival Jaish al-Islam and Failaq al-Rahman groups. Their rift has been exploited by Syrian government forces to […]

Syria: “Largest ever” siege evacuations carried out

Syria: “Largest ever” siege evacuations carried out

Relief agencies evacuated 500 wounded people from four besieged Syrian towns, in what has been described as the largest such operation so far in the five-year conflict. Half were brought out from towns blockaded by pro-government forces, and half from towns blocked off by rebels. A UN chief in Syria said he had been told […]

UN-sponsored Yemen peace talks begin in Kuwait

UN-sponsored Yemen peace talks begin in Kuwait

Talks aimed at ending Yemen’s war opened in Kuwait on Thursday, with Kuwait’s top diplomat appealing to both sides to “turn war into peace” after more than a year of conflict which has killed more than 6,200 people and caused a humanitarian crisis. Yemen’s foreign minister warned against high expectations from the UN-sponsored talks, which […]

al-Sisi defends giving Red Sea islands to Saudis

al-Sisi defends giving Red Sea islands to Saudis

Egypt’s president on Wednesday sought to defuse a storm stirred up by his government’s declared intention to hand over control of two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, arguing that he did not surrender Egyptian territory. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi also reiterated Cairo’s position that Egyptian security forces had nothing to do with the torture […]

Libya’s Tripoli government to step down

Libya’s Tripoli government to step down

One of two rival governments in Libya has announced that it is stepping down, a justice ministry statement has said. The announcement comes less than a week after the arrival in Tripoli of a UN-backed national unity government. The Tripoli-based administration said it was standing down to prevent further bloodshed. Since 2014 Libya has had […]