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The French military are reportedly fighting in Syria's eastern Deir az-Zour province, suggesting an increase in their presence in the region.

The mainly Kurdish SDF launched a new offensive in May against the Islamic State in its final holdout in eastern Syria.

Iraq, US-backed forces surround IS-held towns in Syria

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Iraq, US-backed forces surround IS-held towns in Syria

Iraqi security forces operating alongside a US-backed Kurdish alliance have surrounded Syrian border towns controlled by the Islamic State group, news website Zaman al-Wasl has reported.

Arab fighters desert US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria

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Arab fighters desert US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria

A group of Syrian Arab fighters in a Kurdish-led alliance fighting the Islamic State group have deserted due to 'racial discrimination' within ...

Britain admits killing Syrian civilian in IS airstrike

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Britain admits killing Syrian civilian in IS airstrike

A civilian was unintentionally killed by a British airstrike targeting the Islamic State group in Syria, London admitted on Wednesday.

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US-backed forces relaunch battle against IS in Syria

Syrian Democratic Forces paused the battle after Turkey launched an offensive in January against the Kurdish Afrin region in northwestern Syria.

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Syrian army renews push on rebel pockets

Assad's forces are seeking to recapture the last-remaining besieged areas in Syria.

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Deadly clashes erupt between Syria regime, US-backed forces: monitor

Six US-backed SDF fighters have been killed in the clashes in Deir az-Zour, a monitor said.

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IS mass grave uncovered in Syria's Raqqa

A mass grave containing dozens, possible hundreds of bodies has been uncovered in the Syrian city of Raqqa, where IS ruled for more than three ...

Dozens of regime soldiers 'killed' in eastern Syria attack

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Dozens of regime soldiers 'killed' in eastern Syria attack

The Islamic State group has launched a surprise attack near a town in eastern Syria they had lost six months ago, killing at least 25 regime ...

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German linked to 9/11 captured in Syria: Kurdish commander

A Syrian-born militant accused of helping to plan 9/11 attacks in America has been detained by Kurdish forces, a senior commander said on ...

Is the Syrian war about to get more complicated?

Paul Iddon

Is the Syrian war about to get more complicated?

Analysis: A lack of willingness among major powers to make substantial compromises will likely result in the Syrian war dragging on for years to ...

Will Iraq fight Islamic State in Syria?

Paul Iddon

Will Iraq fight Islamic State in Syria?

Analysis: It would be in Baghdad's interest to see Islamic State neutralised in the Syrian border region of Deir az-Zour, writes Paul Iddon.

'Don't make same mistake as America,' Turkey tells France

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'Don't make same mistake as America,' Turkey tells France

Turkey urges France not to 'make the same mistake' as the United States by sending troops to the Syrian town of Manbij.

US policy in Syria: A series of grudging half-measures

James Snell

US policy in Syria: A series of grudging half-measures

Comment: Trump's unscripted comments on a speedy US withdrawal from Syria are those of a businessman conducting a quick cost-benefit analysis, ...

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US-backed Kurdish fighters on 'high alert' in Syria’s Manbij

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to launch an offensive in Manbij, following Ankara's seizure of nearby Afrin in northern Syria.

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US reinforces Syria base as clashes break out: reports

Reinforcements are being rushed to a US base in northern Syria, which has reportedly come under fire from pro-regime forces, the Syrian ...

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French troops in Syria would be 'invasion': Turkey

An increase in French military presence in Syria would be an "invasion" Turkey's defence minister warned on Saturday, amid increasing tensions ...

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Syrian SDF unaware of any US withdrawal plan: official

An SDF spokesman said the fight against the Islamic State group, which operates under a US-led coalition, is "continuing".

Two US-led coalition troops killed in Syria

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Two US-led coalition troops killed in Syria

Two members of the US-led coalition fighting IS in Syria have been killed in the northern city in Manbij.

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Turkey slams French offer for mediation with Kurdish militia

Turkish officials were angered by NATO ally France's decision to hold talks with the Kurdish SDF, which Ankara considers a terror ...

France's Macron meets with Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters

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France's Macron meets with Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters

French President Emmanuel Macron met Thursday with a delegation of the Syrian Democratic Forces made up of Kurdish and Arab fighters and ...

Turkey threatens new battle with YPG over Syria's Manbij

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Turkey threatens new battle with YPG over Syria's Manbij

Turkey has threatened to take action against the YPG in Manbij, unless the Kurdish militia don't retreat from the Syrian town.

Meeting Robin Yassin-Kassab

Andy Heintz

Meeting Robin Yassin-Kassab

Interview: The author and journalist spoke to Andy Heintz about how Syria came to be the intractable conflict it now appears to be.

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