Making of a martyr: how Qassem Suleimani was hunted down

The drone strike on Irans enforcer could radically transform the Middle East For Qassem Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the Iraqi leader of the Iranian-backed Shia militia Kataib Hezbollah, whose supporters had laid siege to the US embassy in Baghdad for two days last week in retaliation for US airstrikes that anti-government protests in Iraq, some of them fuelled by anti-Iranian sentiment, and anxious to canvass further assistance from Muhandis in countering them. Growing numbers of Iraqis have become disillusioned by a failing economy and ballooning unemployment, and angered by the power wielded in their country by Tehran. Climbing into the first car with Muhandis, with their guards following in the second, Suleimani and his small convoy sped towards an access road …

Bougainville referendum: region votes overwhelmingly for independence from Papua New Guinea

Jubilation at result but region faces long process ahead before it can become worlds newest nation The autonomous region of Bougainville has voted overwhelmingly in favour of becoming independent from Papua New Guinea, paving the way for the group of islands to become the worlds newest nation. More than 180,000 people in Bougainville, a collection ofislands flung 700km off the coast of took place amid a mood of great celebration, with people in the main township of Buka singing, dancing, cheering and playing pan flutes as they followed the regions president John Momis to the polling booth to watch him cast the first vote in the referendum on 23 November. Its obvious that the people are now in the mood …

Turkey agrees to back Nato plan for Baltic states and Poland

Nato chief says Ankara has dropped opposition to plan as fractious London summit draws to close Turkey has dropped its opposition to a plan to bolster the defences of Baltic states and Poland against Russia, the Nato secretary general has said, as the alliance attempted to paper over the cracks at the end of a summit in London. Jens Stoltenberg told a press conference that Nato leaders did not discuss the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which Turkey views as a terrorist organisation. Before the summit marking the 70th anniversary of Nato, Ankara had refused to back a Nato defence plan for the Baltics and Poland until it received more support for its battle with the YPG, including other alliance members …

Trump blasts Macron over brain dead Nato remarks

US president calls French leaders comments nasty and says Paris could leave alliance Donald Trump has lashed out at Emmanuel Macron on the first morning of a two-day Nato meeting, saying the French presidents description of Nato as brain dead was insulting and a very, very nasty statement. At a news conference alongside the Nato secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, the US president also accused Macron of trying to break away from Nato, as well as running a failing economy while discarding the fact he himself has described Nato as obsolete on previous occasions. Quick guide What is Nato and why are its members meeting in London? Show Hide What is Nato? TheNorth Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) is a collective defence …