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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 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.

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

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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 ...

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

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.

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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 its crumbling caliphate.

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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 Forces ...

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Scores killed in IS bomb attack on Syria refugees

At least 75 Syrians died following a bombing of a refuge convoy in Deir az-Zour province, in the latest brutal attack carried out by the Islamic ...

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IS car bombing kills displaced Syrians in Deir az-Zour

A car bomb attack by Islamic State militants has killed dozens of displaced people who had fled fighting in Syria's Deir az-Zour province, a ...

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.

Syrian regime forces capture 'last IS stronghold' Deir az-Zour Syrian regime forces capture 'last IS stronghold' Deir az-Zour

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Syrian regime forces capture 'last IS stronghold' Deir az-Zour

Regime forces have reportedly ousted the Islamic State group from their Syrian stronghold of Deir az-Zour, which came under the militants' ...

Raqqa after IS: Inside the city of death

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 IS had ...

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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US-backed forces seize major Syria oil field from IS

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces announced the capture of the al-Omar oil field in the province of Deir az-Zour, which was seized by the Islamic State group in 2014.

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SDF declare Raqqa victory against IS, promise 'de-centralised Syria'

The defeat of the Islamic State group in its Syrian bastion of Raqqa was a "historic" achievement, the SDF said at an official ceremony ...

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Top Saudi official meets US-backed militias in Syria’s Raqqa

A high-level Saudi official is in the Syrian city of Raqqa, which was recently retaken from the Islamic State group, to discuss his country’s ...

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SDF forces comb 'ghost city' Raqqa after IS defeat

US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are combing the ruins of Raqqa for survivors and bombs days after retaking the city from the ...

Kurdish forces raise PKK leader portrait in Syria's Raqqa

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Kurdish forces raise PKK leader portrait in Syria's Raqqa

Kurdish forces have raised a large image of jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan in an iconic square of the recently recaptured Syrian city of ...

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Take that Obama! Trump takes credit for defeating IS

US President Donald Trump has claimed credit for defeating the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq in an interview late on Tuesday

Urgent aid needed for 270,000 displaced from Raqqa: NGO

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Urgent aid needed for 270,000 displaced from Raqqa: NGO

The city of Raqqa has been taken from the Islamic State group but the humanitarian crisis in the region is still escalating, Save the Children ...

Syrian regime, allies advance against IS in Deir az-Zour

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Syrian regime, allies advance against IS in Deir az-Zour

The Syrian regime's army and allied forces pushed into the remaining IS-held districts of Deir az-Zour city in eastern Syria on Tuesday, local ...

US-backed forces announce full capture of Raqqa from IS

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US-backed forces announce full capture of Raqqa from IS

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said on Tuesday they had fully captured the Islamic State group's former Syrian stronghold Raqqa, after ...

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