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Around 300 wives and children of foreign IS militants captured in Mosul will be returned to their home countries, a senior Iraqi official said on Monday.

Turkey's President Erdogan on Friday said the Syrian town of Afrin, held by a US-backed Kurdish militia, had to be cleared of "terrorists".

Turkey condemns 'escape' of <em>Raqqa</em> IS fighters

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Turkey condemns 'escape' of Raqqa IS fighters

Turkey on Wednesday condemned as "an extremely grave revelation" the escape of IS fighters from Raqqa as part of an evacuation deal which allowed civilians to leave the besieged city.

Syrian Kurdish officials back long-term US role in Syria

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Syrian Kurdish officials back long-term US role in Syria

Syrian Kurdish officials on Wednesday voiced support for a long-term US role in Syria once IS has been defeated.

Islamic State - the best of enemies?

James Denselow

Islamic State - the best of enemies?

Comment: The collapsing 'caliphate' has exposed the significant differences between American and Russian visions for Syria, writes James ...

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Anti-IS coalition denies collusion in 'secret' Raqqa IS evacuation

The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group has denied accusations it worked on a deal with the extremists to allow hundreds of its members to flee Raqqa.

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IS Chechen families handed over to Russian government

The families of Chechen foreign fighters have been returned to Russia by Kurdish forces in northern Syria.

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Trump, Putin agree 'no military solution' in Syria: Kremlin

US President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin agreed there was "no military solution" for the war in Syria, in a joint statement, ...

Paul Iddon

Encouraged by Iraq's gains, Assad may attack Syrian Kurds

Analysis: Damascus may now control a rump of Syria, but it still considers Kurdish-held areas 'occupied', writes Paul Iddon.

Syria: IS launch fierce counter-attack to recapture Albu Kamal

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Syria: IS launch fierce counter-attack to recapture Albu Kamal

Islamic State fighters have launched a blistering counter-attack on Albu Kamal in eastern Syria in a desperate attempt to claw back territory in ...

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Macron warns looming defeat of IS 'not the end'

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that the Islamic State group faced complete military defeat in Iraq and Syria within months.

Syrian regime, allies recapture last IS stronghold Syrian regime, allies recapture last IS stronghold

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Syrian regime, allies recapture last IS stronghold

Syrian regime forces and allied militias recaptured the last major Islamic State-held town in Syria on Wednesday, having launched an operation ...

US-led coalition airstrikes decline sharply in Syria and Iraq

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US-led coalition airstrikes decline sharply in Syria and Iraq

The US Air Force said coalition airstrikes in Syria and Iraq fell sharply last month, a reflection of the collapse of the Islamic State group in ...

First Syrian civilians return to <em>Raqqa</em> after mines cleared

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First Syrian civilians return to Raqqa after mines cleared

Hundreds of Syrian civilians have returned to a district of Raqqa in the first wave of returns since the US-backed Syrian Democratic ...

US official 'met Syrian security chief' in Damascus

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US official 'met Syrian security chief' in Damascus

An unnamed US official traveled to Damascus via Lebanon to hold discussions with the Syrian regime's national security chief this week, reports ...

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Syrian regime forces 'will attack' US-backed fighters in Raqqa

An Iranian official has said Syrian regime forces will advance on the former IS stronghold of Raqqa, now held by US-backed Kurdish fighters.

Omar Sabbour

Stop the War Coalition is not against Western intervention

Comment: As Raqqa gets destroyed, the Stop the War Coalition is nowhere to be heard, leaving Syria solidarity protesters to demonstrate ...

The New Arab & agencies

Fresh Syria peace talks begin in Astana

Warring parties in Syria's conflict - Russia, Iran and Turkey - will meet in the Kazakh capital for two days of talks seeking an end to the ...

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Fierce clashes in Syria's Deir az-Zour kill 73 fighters

The fiercest fighting between Syrian regime forces and IS since the siege of Deir az-Zour was broken in September resulting in the deaths of 73 ...

Far-right former Trump aide Steve Bannon 'backs' Qatar blockade

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Far-right former Trump aide Steve Bannon 'backs' Qatar blockade

Breitbart far-right media guru Steve Bannon, who was once a key adviser to Donald Trump, has attacked Qatar in a speech, alluding to it being ...

Roger Hercz

Raqqa after IS: Inside the city of death

As one of the first Westerners to visit Raqqa after its liberation, Norwegian activist Erling Folkvord witnessed how the brutality of ...

British man who fought IS killed in Syria's <em>Raqqa</em>

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British man who fought IS killed in Syria's Raqqa

British citizen Jac Holmes was killed while clearing landmines in newly-liberated Raqqa in Syria, where he fought alongside Kurdish ...

US denies conducting deadly Syria strikes

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US denies conducting deadly Syria strikes

The US-led coalition rejected claims it had carried out deadly airstrikes around the Syrian city of Deir az-Zour that caused dozens of civilian ...

IS 'executed' 116 in Syria town revenge campaign

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IS 'executed' 116 in Syria town revenge campaign

The Islamic State group executed dozens of civilians in the Syrian desert this month, a monitor said on Monday, in a gruesome massacre as the ...

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