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Analysis: The destruction of the Sunni cities of Iraq and Syria underlines the terrible price imposed on civilians, notes Paul Iddon.

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SDF forces seize 'half of <em>Raqqa</em>' from IS

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SDF forces seize 'half of Raqqa' from IS

A US-backed alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters has ousted Islamic State group militants from half of their Syrian bastion in Raqqa, as the civilian death toll mounts.

Taking <em>Raqqa</em> with Pride: 'Queer militia' raises rainbow flag

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Taking Raqqa with Pride: 'Queer militia' raises rainbow flag

Blog: A newly formed 'queer militia' is defiantly raising the rainbow flag in the heart of Islamic State militants' so-called caliphate in Syria.

Russia and Syrian regime 'collaborating with Kurds' over <em>Raqqa</em>

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Russia and Syrian regime 'collaborating with Kurds' over Raqqa

The US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters have agreed to an intelligence-sharing deal with Russia and the Syrian regime, after Russian ...

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Mosul children being abused, exploited and abandoned: UNICEF

The UN's children's fund has called for the immediate care and protection of traumatised children in war-torn Mosul, many of whom have lost family or been forced to fight.

Paul McLoughlin

Lebanese authorities clamp down on Syrian refugee campaign

In-depth: Protests organised by Syrian refugee solidarity campaigners, and a rival pro-army demonstration, have both been banned by Lebanese ...

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Suicide car bomb kills four at Syria Kurdish checkpoint

The blast hit a checkpoint manned by the Asayesh security forces in the Hassakeh province.

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US-backed Syrian forces advancing against IS in Raqqa

US-backed forces said they have seized a new neighbourhood from the Islamic State group in Raqqa, northern Syria.

IS leader Baghdadi is 'definitely alive', claims Kurdish official

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IS leader Baghdadi is 'definitely alive', claims Kurdish official

Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is still alive, the leading Iraqi-Kurdish counter-terrorism agent said on Monday, casting doubt ...

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Syrian regime seizes oil fields from IS in Raqqa

Syrian regime forces have taken control of more oil fields in Raqqa province, a vast desert that lies south of the Islamic State ...

US: Still no proof Baghdadi is dead

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US: Still no proof Baghdadi is dead

There is still no proof IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead despite claims from a popular Syrian observatory, the US Defence Minister Jim ...

US Occupy activist killed fighting IS in <em>Raqqa</em>

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US Occupy activist killed fighting IS in Raqqa

Two Americans were killed in consecutive days in Syria's Raqqa while fighting with Kurdish militias engaged in a battle with IS.

Islamic State look to the desert to recalibrate

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Islamic State look to the desert to recalibrate

Comment: As Islamic State retreat from Mosul, they will attempt to reshuffle into a more horizontal and decentralised organisation to ensure ...

Food aid deliveries expanded in Syria's <em>Raqqa</em> Food aid deliveries expanded in Syria's Raqqa

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Food aid deliveries expanded in Syria's Raqqa

Aid deliveries in parts of Syria's Raqqa province resumed for the first time in three years using a newly-opened land route, the UN's ...

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Civilian deaths soar in Iraq, Syria: monitoring group

The US-led coalition attacking the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria killed as many as 744 civilians in June, an independent monitor has said.

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US troops inside Raqqa, IS Syria stronghold

United States military advisers are operating inside the city of Raqqa, the Islamic State group's last major bastion in Syria, a US ...

Paul Iddon

What does the future hold for Syria's Kurds?

Analysis: Can Syrian Kurds defend and consolidate their quasi-autonomous territory?

Joris Leverink

Turkey sets eyes on north Syria's Kurds

Comment: While Kurdish troops are busy ousting Islamic State group fighters from Raqqa, their homes are being shelled by the Turkish ...

Iraqi PM declares victory over Islamic State in Mosul​

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Iraqi PM declares victory over Islamic State in Mosul​

Iraq's prime minister declared victory over the Islamic State group after security forces ended the militants' rule in the city of Mosul.

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Parched civilians risk lives for water in IS-held Raqqa

Syria's Raqqa has been without steady running water for several weeks after damage to pipelines by heavy bombardment, including ...

US could work with Russia on Syria 'no-fly zones'

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US could work with Russia on Syria 'no-fly zones'

The US is prepared to collaborate with Russia to establish no-fly zones in Syria, said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Kurds protest in Afrin amid fears of Turkish attack

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Kurds protest in Afrin amid fears of Turkish attack

Thousands of mainly Kurdish protesters rallied in northern Syria on Wednesday as speculation mounts that Turkey is planning an attack in the ...

Wearing the enemy down: Islamic State's desperate new tactics

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Wearing the enemy down: Islamic State's desperate new tactics

Cornered IS militants are resorting to increasingly desperate and illegal measures, including wearing enemy SDF and Iraqi army uniforms to ...

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