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An air raid that Russian claimed killed the leader of the Islamic State group has reportedly killed an elderly hay dealer and his extended family instead.

Fears mount over possible outbreak of polio in Islamic State group-held city of Raqqa, where aid workers administering vaccines are unable to gain access.

Has the US established de-facto no-fly zones in Syria?

Paul Iddon

Has the US established de-facto no-fly zones in Syria?

Analysis: Washington has shot down aircraft threatening its allies in Syria, and will likely shoot down more, writes Paul Iddon.

Australia's military suspends air operations over Syria

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Australia's military suspends air operations over Syria

Australia has suspended airstrikes in Syria after Russia threatened to target US-led coalition planes in response to the US downing of a regime ...

Canadian man found guilty of trying to join IS

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Canadian man found guilty of trying to join IS

A 29-year-old Canadian was found guilty of attempting to join the Islamic State group in Syria, reports said on Tuesday, in the first case of ...

Robert Cusack

US shoots down Syrian warplane near Raqqa

The US shot down a Syrian warplane it claims was attacking its SDF allies on Sunday, however Damascus maintains the jet was being used in an operation against IS militants.

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Iraqi forces launch assault on Mosul Old City: army

Iraqi forces launched an assault to retake Mosul's Old City and push out the Islamic State group on Sunday, three years after the militants ...

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Russia kills ‘180 IS fighters’ in Syria airstrikes

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

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Iraqi forces capture border crossing to Syria from IS

Iraqi forces captured a border crossing to Syria from the Islamic State group, increasing pressure on the extremists and getting closer to ...

US-led coalition 'cannot confirm' IS chief death

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US-led coalition 'cannot confirm' IS chief death

The Russian army said earlier that it hit IS leaders in an airstrike in Syria last month and was seeking to verify whether Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ...

Paul Iddon

The US expands its toehold in southern Syria

As the US bolsters its presence in the region, the likelihood of clashes and escalation between the coalition and regime forces increases, ...

Moscow claims it may have killed IS leader Baghdadi

Karim Traboulsi

Moscow claims it may have killed IS leader Baghdadi

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 ...

UN slams 'staggering loss of civilian life' in <em>Raqqa</em>

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UN slams 'staggering loss of civilian life' in Raqqa

United Nations war crimes investigators expressed alarm on Wednesday at the "staggering" number of civilian deaths, as US-backed forces battle ...

New technology makes urban massacres more likely, not less

Diana Alghoul

New technology makes urban massacres more likely, not less

Blog: Statistics must not be viewed through the lens of a tragedy, but as the result of crimes against humanity and widespread apathy, writes ...

Syrian Democratic Forces in fierce clashes with rebel fighters

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Syrian Democratic Forces in fierce clashes with rebel fighters

Kurdish and Syrian fighters have clashed in Aleppo province leaving many dead, while the battle against IS in Raqqa rages on.

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'Jihadi Jack' says he hates IS more than Americans

Jack Letts, dubbed 'Jihadi Jack', is languishing in solitary confinement in a Kurdish prison after escaping IS territory once he grew disillusioned with the group.

The New Arab & agencies

HRW criticises US for using white phosphorous against IS

Human Rights Watch says the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State in Syria and Iraq is endangering civilians by using artillery-delivered ...

The New Arab

IS struggles to hold back Syrian force in Raqqa

IS militants are waging a ferocious defensive battle against Syrian Democratic Forces' fighters attempting to advance towards the walls of the ...

The New Arab & agencies

US-backed Syria force fights for IS-held base near Raqqa

US-backed fighters battled on Sunday to dislodge militants from a key military base north of Raqqa city, after the Syrian Democratic ...

US-backed force pierces into <em>Raqqa</em>, dozens of civilian casualties

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US-backed force pierces into Raqqa, dozens of civilian casualties

US-backed Syrian fighters broke into the western part of the IS group's stronghold on Saturday, they and a monitor said, opening up a second ...

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Heavy violence threatens lives of children in Raqqa

An estimated 40,000 children are trapped in extremely dangerous conditions in Raqqa as fighting intensifies in and around the Syrian ...

Syrian Arab-Kurdish fighters advance deeper into IS-held <em>Raqqa</em>

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Syrian Arab-Kurdish fighters advance deeper into IS-held Raqqa

Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces have taken two neighbourhoods from IS in Raqqa, yet heavy US airstrikes has put civilians at ...

US-led coalition warplanes 'shower Syria's <em>Raqqa</em> with white phosphorus'

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US-led coalition warplanes 'shower Syria's Raqqa with white phosphorus'

US-led coalition warplanes have used white phosphorus munitions in the Islamic State group's Syrian bastion of Raqqa, endangering the ...

Coalition strikes 'kill 17 civilians' in battle for <em>Raqqa</em>

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Coalition strikes 'kill 17 civilians' in battle for Raqqa

US-led coalition strikes on the Islamic State group's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa killed at least 17 civilians on Thursday, the Syrian ...

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