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Court in Iraq orders arrest of Kurdistan VP Kosrat Rasul

BBC / Middle East

Kosrat Rasul described troops sent to Kirkuk and other Kurdish-held areas as "occupying forces".

14

'Stolen Salvador Dali' painting recovered in Lebanon

BBC / Middle East

The portrait is thought to be a minor work painted by the Spanish artist while living in the US.

13

Hamas must disarm to join Palestinian unity government - US

BBC / Middle East

Hamas denounces the "blatant interference" in a Palestinian reconciliation deal signed last week.

Wednesday, Oct 18

17

Syria war: UN says it is ready to go into Raqqa

BBC / Middle East

Aid groups warn of a growing humanitarian crisis after IS is driven out of the city.

15

Iran nuclear deal: Khamenei denounces Trump's ‘rants and whoppers’

BBC / Middle East

The supreme leader attacks the US president for threatening to abandon a nuclear deal.

13

Iraq takes disputed areas as Kurds 'withdraw to 2014 lines'

BBC / Middle East

Iraq's military says it has completed an operation to retake disputed areas held by Kurdish forces.

06

Inside Raqqa after IS pushed out

BBC / News

The BBC's Feras Kilani was with Syrian Democratic Forces as they took control of the centre of Raqqa, Syria.

02

Why IS has not yet been defeated

BBC / News

US-backed forces may be celebrating after taking back another city, but fighting will not end soon.

Tuesday, Oct 17

21

War within a war

BBC / Middle East

The fall of Kirkuk reflects the struggle to control Iraq after the defeat of IS, says Michael Knights.

17

'Islamic State': Raqqa's loss seals rapid rise and fall

BBC / News

IS has lost its 'capital' Raqqa, but it has taken the might of a global alliance to crush it.

Raqqa: IS 'capital' falls to US-backed Syrian forces

BBC.com

A US-backed alliance says three years of jihadist rule in the northern Syrian city are over.

14

Kirkuk: Iraqi forces seize largest oilfields near city

BBC.com

Two more oilfields are seized as government troops take over areas under Iraqi Kurdish control.

06

US urges calm as Kirkuk crisis escalates

BBC.com

The call comes as Iraqi forces take over the city after a controversial Kurdish independence vote.

Monday, Oct 16

18

Iraqi forces enter Kirkuk as Kurds flee

BBC.com

Iraqi forces take over key buildings three weeks after a Kurdish independence referendum.

17

Cairo 'most dangerous' megacity for women - survey

BBC / Africa

A survey of 19 megacities around the world finds the Egyptian capital the least friendly to women.

15

Iraqi forces seize territory outside Kirkuk from Kurds

www.bbc.co.uk

Iraq's military says it has taken key sites near the disputed city of Kirkuk from Kurdish forces.

13

Kirkuk: Iraqi forces capture key sites from Kurds

BBC.com

Iraqi forces move on Kurdish-controlled areas, weeks after the region voted to secede from Iraq.

02

Dying one by one

BBC / Middle East

An Iraqi Shia Turkmen woman recalls the horrors of her ordeal at the hands of IS militants.

Sunday, Oct 15

17

Iraq conflict: Kurdish leaders refuse to reject referendum result

BBC / Middle East

Leaders say they will not reject referendum results following a meeting with the Iraqi president.

14

Syria war: 'Final assault' launched to recapture Raqqa

BBC / Middle East

The Syrian Democratic Forces says it will not stop "until the whole city is clean" of IS militants.

US Open: Ali Farag and Nour El Tayeb win titles on same day

BBC / Africa

Married couple Ali Farag and Nour El Tayeb make sporting history by winning US Open squash titles on the same day.

13

Saudi Aramco said its flotation remains on track for 2018

BBC / Business

Oil giant Saudi Aramco dismisses reports the world's biggest share listing could be shelved.

06

Iraq conflict: Peshmerga 'deadline to leave Kirkuk' passes

BBC / Middle East

Kurdish fighters say they are preparing to defend their positions against Iraqi forces.

02

Training day

www.bbc.co.uk

Lt Jamie Robertson had just weeks to prepare Kurdish recruits to fight so-called Islamic State militants

Saturday, Oct 14

17

Syria war: Raqqa deal agreed to evacuate civilians

BBC / Middle East

The agreement apparently does not apply to foreign fighters from so-called Islamic State.

07

Global powers defy US over Iran deal shift

BBC

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says Mr Trump has left the US "more isolated than ever".

Friday, Oct 13

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Trump aims blow at Iran and threatens landmark nuclear deal

BBC / News

The president condemns Iran as a "fanatical regime" and refuses to sign off a 2015 nuclear agreement.

23

Rhetoric or substance?

BBC / Middle East

The newness of the Trump policy seems to be a matter of rhetoric rather than substance, writes Jonathan Marcus.

21

US coalition refuses safe passage to Raqqa's IS fighters

www.bbc.co.uk

City elders had brokered a deal to allow safe passage to IS fighters in exchange for 5,000 civilians.

20

Christian leaders condemn killing of Egyptian Coptic priest

BBC / Middle East

Christian leaders express alarm at the killing of a Coptic Orthodox priest on a street in Cairo.