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Russia says it has killed 180 Islamic State fighters in Syria during airstrikes carried out in June, including two field commanders.

Moscow says its jets may have killed leader of world's most notorious terror organisation in a May airstrike. If true it would be a major propaganda coup for the Russians.

Syrian army retakes central gas field from Islamic State

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Syrian army retakes central gas field from Islamic State

The Syrian army has recaptured the Arak gas field in the central province of Homs from the Islamic State militant group.

200,000 flee Raqqa ahead of assault by Syrian forces

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200,000 flee Raqqa ahead of assault by Syrian forces

Nearly 200,000 civilians have fled Raqqa as US-backed Syrian forces prepare for an assault on the Islamic State stronghold.

Russia strikes IS militants fleeing Raqqa to regime areas

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Russia strikes IS militants fleeing Raqqa to regime areas

IS forces fleeing the besieged city of Raqqa are now being targeted by the Russia air force, as it appears the militants are retreating towards ...

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Coalition strikes 'killing civilians by the hundreds' in Raqqa

At least 16 civilians have been killed in a suspected US-led coalition airstrike in a village in Syria's Raqqa province this week, joining hundreds killed in similar strikes in April-May.

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Wary of US, Iran 'reroutes land-corridor to Mediterranean'

The build up of US forces in Kurdish controlled areas of north east Syria has forced Tehran to change course in order to secure a long-term ...

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Pro-government forces seize ancient Iraqi site Hatra from IS

Popular Mobilisation forces fighting Islamic State alongside Iraqi forces around Mosul have recaptured the UNESCO-listed ancient site of Hatra ...

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Jets launch raids from Syria base hit by US

Two warplanes took off from a central Syrian airbase Friday hours after it was struck by US missiles and carried out bombing raids nearby, a ...

UN: Destroying cultural heritage may constitute war crime

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UN: Destroying cultural heritage may constitute war crime

On Friday the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the destruction of heritage sites calling on all groups involved ...

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Israel claims leading Hizballah official killed in Iran-linked feud

Hizballah has denied Israeli claims that its leader ordered the killing of military commander Mustafa Badreddine after he objected to the ...

'Invisible solution' crucial in fight for Syria's cultural heritage

Martin Armstrong

'Invisible solution' crucial in fight for Syria's cultural heritage

A collaboration between a UK-based crime prevention firm and a US university has produced a solution, only detectable under UV light, used in ...

Arab nations fork out to save world's heritage sites

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Arab nations fork out to save world's heritage sites

Seven countries and a US donor have pledged tens of millions of dollars to a UNESCO-backed fund aimed at protecting the world's cultural ...

Drone down: Syrian-Israeli tensions escalate in flash-point Golan Heights

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Drone down: Syrian-Israeli tensions escalate in flash-point Golan Heights

Since Friday Israel and Syria have engaged in a number of tit-for-tat cross-border attacks with accompanying rhetoric from both sides ...

Russia summons Israeli ambassador over Syria airstrikes

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Russia summons Israeli ambassador over Syria airstrikes

Israeli aircraft carried out several strikes on Syria last week, prompting the launch of ground-to-air missiles in response, one of which was ...

Hadani Ditmars

Manufacturing soul: Dubai's emerging cultural capital

Blog: An extravaganza of artistic delights await visitors and residents alike this week as a series of cultural highlights take over the sparkling shopping hub.

James Snell

If Assad stays in power, it'd be a disaster

Comment: Assad may elicit support from an international community focused only on fighting IS, but he will never again be able to rule all of ...

Charlie Hoyle

Arab-Christian chants embody Middle East's shared cultural heritage

A rich thread of sacred musical tradition weaves through ancient Muslim and Christian artistic and cultural heritage, writes Charlie Hoyle.

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'Russian air raid' hit market in IS-held Syrian village

At least 11 people have been killed and dozens injured when suspected Russian bombers targeted an IS-held village while a livestock market was ...

Syrian regime recaptures ancient <em>Palmyra</em> from IS

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Syrian regime recaptures ancient Palmyra from IS

Syria's military has fully recaptured the historic town of Palmyra from the Islamic State group as the militants fled in the face of ...

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Syrian regime forces enter Palmyra amid Damascus clashes

Syrian regime forces entered the ancient city of Palmyra late Wednesday after fierce battles against the Islamic State jihadist group, ...

Desperate IS flee as 'crumbling' Raqqa defences are 'refortified'

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Desperate IS flee as 'crumbling' Raqqa defences are 'refortified'

As Kurdish-led forces advance on Raqqa backed by US airstrikes, IS militants are reportedly fleeing the group's self-declared 'capital' as the ...

IS 'besieged' in last bastion in Syria's Aleppo province

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IS 'besieged' in last bastion in Syria's Aleppo province

The Islamic State group is "completely besieged" in al-Bab after forces loyal to Syria's regime cut off a road into the militants' last major ...

After Iraq losses, IS lashes out in Syria

Paul Iddon

After Iraq losses, IS lashes out in Syria

Analysis: After being deprived of much of its former territory in Iraq, and facing pressure in its Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, IS is attempting ...

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