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

US-coalition planes flying west of the Euphrates river will be treated as aerial targets, Russia warned on Monday, after the US confirmed it downed a Syrian warplane.

US shoots down Syrian warplane near Raqqa

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.

Iraqi forces capture border crossing to Syria from IS

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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 ...

The US expands its toehold in southern Syria

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, ...

The New Arab & agencies

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 to oust IS from its Syrian stronghold.

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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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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 ...

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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 ...

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

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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 Forces ...

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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 ...

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

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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 risk.

US-led coalition warplanes 'shower Syria's Raqqa 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 lives of ...

Coalition strikes 'kill 17 civilians' in battle for Raqqa

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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 ...

Turkey prepares for potential attack on Syrian Kurds

Paul Iddon

Turkey prepares for potential attack on Syrian Kurds

Analysis: As the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces assault against the Islamic State group in Raqqa begins, Turkey is reportedly training ...

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US-backed Syrian rebels gain on IS in Raqqa

Arab and Kurdish fighters make further gains a day after finally piercing the key Islamic State held city of Raqqa.

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Raqqa offensive aims to deal 'decisive blow' to IS

A US-backed Arab and Kurdish alliance broke into the IS' Syrian bastion of Raqqa on Tuesday, in what is expected to deal a "decisive blow" to ...

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US assures Turkey over arming Kurds in IS fight

The US military offered assurances to Turkey on Thursday over supplying arms to Kurdish fighters against the Islamic State group, after Ankara ...

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200,000 flee Raqqa ahead of assault by Syrian forces

Nearly 200,000 civilians have fled Raqqa as US-backed Syrian forces prepare for an assault on the Islamic State stronghold.

US delivers arms to Kurdish fighters in Syria

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US delivers arms to Kurdish fighters in Syria

As the planned offensive of IS-held Raqqa approaches, the US is living up to its promise and providing small arms to Kurdish fighters readying ...

Robert Cusack

US pound Raqqa as Kurdish-Arab force prepare final assault

Kurdish forces allied with the US-led coalition are reportedly nearing the gates of Raqqa as air strikes continue to rain down on the region's ...

'Surrender and face no harm,' US-backed alliance tells IS

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'Surrender and face no harm,' US-backed alliance tells IS

A Kurdish-Arab alliance battling the Islamic State group in Syria has vowed that jihadis could still lay down their arms and evade persecution.

US-led coalition trains policemen in Syria's Raqqa US-led coalition trains policemen in Syria's Raqqa

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US-led coalition trains policemen in Syria's Raqqa

The first batch of policemen trained by the US-led coalition gathered in a school yard in northern Syria on Tuesday to take oath at their ...

British anti-IS fighters vow to avenge Manchester bombing victims

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British anti-IS fighters vow to avenge Manchester bombing victims

British volunteer fighters combating the Islamic State group in Syria have vowed to avenge the victims of the Manchester attack by defeating the ...

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