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A Syrian opposition activist Aroubeh Barakat and her journalist daughter Halla were found dead at their home in Istanbul, activists and a relative said.

An Arab-Kurdish alliance fought to clear the last remaining Islamic State group militants holed up in their crumbling stronghold of Raqqa on Thursday.

Syria: US special forces 'seize gas field from IS'

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Syria: US special forces 'seize gas field from IS'

The US-led coalition fighting IS in Syria has reportedly seized a major gas field in the country's eastern Deir az-Zour province.

IS recedes in Syria as al-Qaeda offshoot expands

Paul Iddon

IS recedes in Syria as al-Qaeda offshoot expands

Analysis: While the Islamic State group is facing collapse, Al-Qaeda's offshoot Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) has successfully overrun Syria's ...

Russia fires cruise missiles at IS stronghold in Syria

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Russia fires cruise missiles at IS stronghold in Syria

Russia's military fired seven cruise missiles on Thursday at Islamic State targets in the eastern Syrian province of Deir ez-Zour as ...

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US-backed forces hold two-thirds of Syria's Raqqa: monitor

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, now controls more than two-thirds of the Islamic State former Syrian stronghold Raqqa, a monitor said Thursday.

The New Arab

US-backed Syria force to begin Deir az-Zor offensive

Syrian Democratic Forces will announce the start of a campaign in Deir az-Zor province on Saturday, where regime fighters are also battling IS.

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'Nightmarish' conditions in IS-held Raqqa's only hospital

Only one functioning health facility remains operational in the Islamic State-held part of Raqqa to serve trapped civilians, as an ...

Gareth Browne

After Hawija: What to expect from Islamic State's commanders

Analysis: After the fall of Hawija, it is highly possible that the Islamic State commanders may regroup and start a new insurgency - so what is ...

US says 17-bus IS convoy stranded in Syrian desert

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US says 17-bus IS convoy stranded in Syrian desert

The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group says a 17-bus convoy of IS militants and their families is stranded in the Syrian desert.

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Arab-Kurdish alliance 'seizes Raqqa Old City from IS'

A US-backed Arab-Kurdish force ousted the Islamic State group from Raqqa's Old City, a spokesman said, bringing them closer than ever to the ...

UK to deploy more troops to Iraq

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UK to deploy more troops to Iraq

Coalition forces fighting the Islamic State group will receive an additional contingent of expert British troops, the UK's Defence Minister ...

Islamic State chief Baghdadi likely still alive: US general

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Islamic State chief Baghdadi likely still alive: US general

A senior US general said the Islamic State's leader, Abubakr al-Baghdadi, is believed to be alive and likely hiding in the Middle Euphrates ...

Iraq announces victory over IS militants in Tal Afar Iraq announces victory over IS militants in Tal Afar

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Iraq announces victory over IS militants in Tal Afar

Iraq declared that its forces had retaken the northern city of Tal Afar and the surrounding region on Thursday, in another major victory over ...

US-led coalition strikes cut off IS evacuation party

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US-led coalition strikes cut off IS evacuation party

US-led coalition aircraft have bombed a road in eastern Syrian to prevent an IS convoy evacuated from Lebanon from reaching the Iraqi border.

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Syrian regime makes advances against IS in Deir az-Zor

Syrian regime forces advanced 13 kilometres in the eastern province of Deir az-Zour, as they continued an offensive against the Islamic State group stonghold, a monitor said.

Charlie Hoyle

'No childhood anymore': Bombings and beheadings haunt Raqqa's children

A generation of children in Raqqa have been exposed to unimaginable horrors under Islamic State group rule, along with anti-IS bombing ...

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Iraqi forces take 'full control' of Tal Afar

The Iraqi military has announced it has 'fully liberated' the city of Tal Afar from the Islamic State group, dealing another blow to the ...

The New Arab & agencies

Ten thousand children trapped in Raqqa, says UN

The UN says that there are 10,000 children trapped in Raqqa living without fresh water, electricity and little food.

Kurdish-Arab alliance to launch Deir az-Zour offensive 'very soon'

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Kurdish-Arab alliance to launch Deir az-Zour offensive 'very soon'

US-backed Arab and Kurdish fighters said on Friday they would launch an offensive to oust the Islamic State group from Syria's oil-rich Deir ...

The New Arab

New IS video features boy, 10, threatening Donald Trump

Islamic State [IS] group released on Wednesday a video featuring a 10-year-old boy, who claims to be the son of an American soldier, threatening ...

US and Russia forces link up with Syria hotline

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US and Russia forces link up with Syria hotline

Despite diplomatic tensions, the US and Russia have developed close military contact over their parallel campaigns on Syria's battlefields, with ...

Syrians in IS-held <em>Raqqa</em> 'under fire from all sides' Syrians in IS-held Raqqa 'under fire from all sides'

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Syrians in IS-held Raqqa 'under fire from all sides'

Civilians trapped in Raqqa in northern Syria are coming under fire from all sides, Amnesty International warned, as the battle for ...

IS release Spanish-language video praising Barcelona attackers

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IS release Spanish-language video praising Barcelona attackers

In what is believed to be a first, IS have released a propaganda video in Spanish and with two militants praising last week's attacks in ...

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