As the five-year conflict in Syria grinds on, BBC Persian has found evidence that Iran is sending thousands of Afghan men to fight alongside Syrian government forces. The men, who are mainly ethnic Hazaras,
A battered pickup truck idled on the side of the road outside Makhmour, northern Iraq, on Friday afternoon. Inside, a ragtag group of Iraqi army soldiers painted a discouraging picture of the progress
Oil's dramatic price fall has sent shock waves through many Middle Eastern economies. Generous fuel and food subsidies have been slashed, new taxes introduced, and social benefits axed. The years when
UN anti-drug agency urged to stop funding Iran’s war on narcotics until Tehran ends use of death penalty for drug offences The entire adult male population of a village in southern Iran has been executed
(CNN) — It is worse in Afghanistan now than I ever could have imagined. And I was a pessimist. Fatigue was always going to be the decider. Western fatigue with the horrors their troops saw, and with the
Erdem Gül and Can Dündar charged with revealing state secrets for report alleging Erdoğan government tried to ship arms to Islamists in Syria Turkey’s constitutional court on Thursday ruled that the rights
Our favourite allies in Iraq and Syria have problems and divisions of their own On Nawroz, the Persian New Year, last March, Isis sent a holiday greeting to the Kurds. They published several videos of
A Ukrainian man has been arrested after he was found to be posing as a high school student in the US state of Pennsylvania for four years. Artur Samarin, 23, enrolled at Harrisburg High under the name
Tehran, Iran (CNN) — With their stylish clothes, effortless English and modish hair, the young people relaxing in this park in north Tehran would give New York or London hipsters a run for their money.
Aquariums, sauna baths, digital TVs and more than 280 food stands, including a bar. Those are some of the perks dismantled by authorities at Topo Chico prison in northern Mexico, the site of a bloody earlier
It said President Francois Hollande had authorized "unofficial military action" by both an elite armed forces unit and the covert action service of the DGSE intelligence agency in the conflict-ridden African
Iraqi Kurdish forces rescued a 16-year-old Swedish girl from Islamic State militants near the city of Mosul last Wednesday, Kurdish officials say. A statement by the Kurdistan Region Security Council said
Iranians go to the polls on 26 February in key elections: one for a new parliament, and the other for the top clerical body that appoints the country's most powerful official, the Supreme Leader.The ballots,
Bad press hits the UAE just as the fall in oil prices is curbing its influence. WASHINGTON -- Two news stories from the past few days are threatening the normally pristine reputation here of the United
The Florida senator still hasn't won a state. When Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio finished third in the Iowa caucuses, the media said he was the real winner. His campaign talked of a "3-2-1"
Alongside the South China Sea, more mobile artillery weapons used for air defense could also prove useful in areas such as the Middle East and Eastern Europe, officials said. Having mobile counter-air
By Thomas Gibbons-Neff Thomas Gibbons-Neff Reporter Bio A picture of a U.S.-made advanced anti-tank missile, apparently in the hands of a group Kurdish forces fighting near the northern Syrian town of
The new organizations are smaller, less entrenched, and are less powerful than the older generation of Mexican cartels, which were massive criminal enterprises. Instead the new cartels, Insight Crime have
Nadia Murad, 21, is in the UK as part of a campaign to raise awareness of the plight of Iraq's Yazidi population A woman from the Iraqi minority Yazidi community who was kept as a sex slave for three by
(CNN) — This may be as close as you'll ever come to living out sci-fi film "The Martian". NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has released a new 360 degrees video of Mars allowing viewers to drag and drop
John Kerry, the US Secretary of State came close to revealing his true thoughts when he was accosted by two Syrian aid workers at a reception in London after the collapse of the Geneva talks last week.