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The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group announced on Sunday that it was working to create a 30,000-strong border security force in northern Syria led by the Kurdish-Arab SDF.

The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group announced on Sunday that it was working to create a 30,000-strong border security force in northern Syria led by the Kurdish-Arab SDF.

Syrian Kurds remain vital to Russian and US interests

Bashdar Ismaeel

Syrian Kurds remain vital to Russian and US interests

Analysis: As Syria's civil war stutters towards an eventual end, the jockeying for political influence and strategic footholds is as crucial as ever, reports Bashdar Ismaeel.

Assad trains crosshairs on Syria's Idlib province

Paul Iddon

Assad trains crosshairs on Syria's Idlib province

Analysis: Assad's Russian-backed troops are marching into Idlib, and rebel groups and Islamist militias appear unable to stop their advance, ...

Russia hopes Geneva talks will 'reinvigorate' Syria peace efforts

The New Arab

Russia hopes Geneva talks will 'reinvigorate' Syria peace efforts

Russia's UN ambassador said he hoped the UN-led talks on Syria would 'reinvigorate' the peace process, ahead of Sochi.

Charlie Hoyle

Airstrike civilian-fatalities doubled in 2017, driven by Iraq, Syria

The huge increase in airstrikes and civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria was driven by US-led military operations to defeat the Islamic State group.

The New Arab & agencies

Two mass graves of IS victims found in Raqqa

Two mass graves containing dozens of bodies of civilians and Syrian troops massacred by the Islamic State group have been uncovered in ...

The New Arab & agencies

Displaced Syrians survive war but face battle against cold

After fleeing war-ravaged Raqqa, displaced Syrians are battling to survive the winter in camps without heating, blankets or medicines ...

The New Arab & agencies

US man jailed for 'plotting to behead' anti-Islam blogger

David Wright, 28, was convicted by a US federal jury of conspiring to provide material support to IS, conspiring to commit acts of terrorism.

Islamic State re-enters Syria's Idlib after clashes

The New Arab & agencies

Islamic State re-enters Syria's Idlib after clashes

After several days of clashes, IS recaptures villages in Syria's Idlib province, four years after they were first expelled, as Russian ...

Paul Iddon

The narrowing distinctions between the PKK and its offshoots

Comment: Under fire from all sides, armed Kurdish groups are more likely to work together, writes Paul Iddon.

Erdogan 'open to working with Assad' against Syrian-Kurds

Paul Iddon

Erdogan 'open to working with Assad' against Syrian-Kurds

Analysis: Continued US support for Kurds on the other side of the Turkish border will likely push Ankara to deal with Damascus, writes Paul ...

Islamic State is gone, but the tobacco industry remains

Faisal Abualhassan

Islamic State is gone, but the tobacco industry remains

Comment: The tobacco industry's hold over Arab smokers may finally be cracking, writes Faisal Abualhassan.

Mosul Eye: Blogger who exposed IS atrocities reveals identity

The New Arab & agencies

Mosul Eye: Blogger who exposed IS atrocities reveals identity

When the city went dark under Islamic State's rule, Mosul Eye bravely documented its atrocities. Now, the blogger has ended his anonymity with ...

Putin says IS suffers ‘complete defeat’ in eastern Syria

The New Arab & agencies

Putin says IS suffers ‘complete defeat’ in eastern Syria

Russia's Putin said Wednesday that the Islamic State group has suffered a “complete defeat” in eastern Syria at the hands of Syrian troops and ...

The New Arab & agencies

'Fewer than 3,000 IS fighters' left in Iraq, Syria

There are fewer than 3,000 IS fighters left in Iraq and Syria as the group clings to the remnants of its self-styled caliphate, the US-led coalition said on Tuesday.

The New Arab

Kurdish forces capture eastern Syria with 'US, Russia support'

Kurdish militia the YPG announced they have captured some of the last territories held by IS in eastern Syria's Deir az-Zour countryside.

The New Arab

Mattis says US ready to end Syrian-Kurdish military support

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has said arms supplies to Kurdish militias in Syria will end, now that the war against IS comes to an end.

The New Arab

US to withdraw over 400 marines from Syria

The international coalition fighting IS hails plans for a US troop withdrawal as a sign of 'progress' as operations around Raqqa wind ...

EU official: IS remains threat despite loss of 'caliphate'

The New Arab & agencies

EU official: IS remains threat despite loss of 'caliphate'

IS may not be as capable they were when their so-called caliphate was at its strongest, but they are still a threat said the EU's ...

Francesca Mannocchi

What next for the IS fighters returning to Tunisia

Indepth: Hundreds of Islamic State fighters are returning to Tunisia, but what can be done to prevent the spread of radicalisation in a country ...

Trump must keep pledge to not arm YPG: Ankara

The New Arab

Trump must keep pledge to not arm YPG: Ankara

Washington must abide by its pledge to not arm the YPG, said Turkey, a group the US has seen as the most effective fighting force on the ground ...

Russian strikes kill 53 civilians in Syria's Deir az-Zour

The New Arab & agencies

Russian strikes kill 53 civilians in Syria's Deir az-Zour

At least 53 civilians, including 21 children, died on Sunday when Russian air strikes hit residential buildings in a village held by Islamic ...

US to stop arms supplies to Syria Kurds: Turkey

The New Arab & agencies

US to stop arms supplies to Syria Kurds: Turkey

The US will no longer supply arms to Syrian Kurdish militias, President Donald Trump told Ankara on Friday, Turkey’s Foreign minister Mevlut ...

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