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

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

Syrian regime troops cross the Euphrates near US-backed <em>SDF</em>

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Syrian regime troops cross the Euphrates near US-backed SDF

Syrian regime forces crossed to the eastern side of the Euphrates in Deir az-Zour on Monday, increasing their presence in an area where US-backed forces have made advances.

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 denies bombing US-backed Kurdish fighters in northern Syria

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Russia denies bombing US-backed Kurdish fighters in northern Syria

Syrian Democratic Forces fighters have been targeted in an suspected air strike with question remain about who carried out the attack.

The New Arab & agencies

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.

James Snell

The world is wrong to let 'mass-murderer' Assad remain

Comment: The world's major powers have agreed to allow Assad to remain, but this agreement is short-sighted, unsustainable and wrong, writes ...

The New Arab & agencies

Russian warplanes kill dozens of civilians in Deir az-Zor

Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said nine children were among those killed fleeing fighting and that "dozens" of people were wounded in the ...

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.

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

The New Arab

'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 intense ...

The New Arab

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 ...

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

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 and ...

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 ...

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

The New Arab & agencies

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 control of ...

How long will the US stay in Syria?

Paul Iddon

How long will the US stay in Syria?

Analysis: The Pentagon has invested significant resources in northern Syria, and doesn't seem to be in a rush to leave, notes Paul Iddon.

Loubna Mrie

The demise of Arab-Kurdish solidarity in Syria

Comment: Arab-Kurdish solidarity in Syria deteriorated as a result of foreign interests and the regime's war tactics, writes Loubna Mrie.

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Red Cross slams conditions for Raqqa displaced

Those fleeing the fighting in Raqqa are stuck in desperate conditions in desert camps.

The New Arab & agencies

US-led Raqqa strikes 'killed 59 civilians in three days'

A Syrian war monitor has claimed US-led air strikes on IS-held Raqqa has cost 59 civilians lives in three days, including 21 children.

The New Arab & agencies

SDF fighters linkup from east, west in Raqqa assault

US-backed Syrian fighters advancing on Islamic State militants from the eastern and western parts of Raqqa have linked up for the first time ...

UN concerned for tens of thousands trapped in Raqqa

The New Arab & agencies

UN concerned for tens of thousands trapped in Raqqa

An estimated 10,000 to 25,000 people are stuck in the Syrian city, the Islamic State group's main stronghold.

Paul Iddon

Turkey wants to make an example of Afrin

Analysis: Turkey may try to compensate for its failure to crush its Syrian Kurdish opponents by bombarding Afrin canton, their smallest, most ...

Syrian regime minister dismisses Kurdish elections as 'a joke'

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Syrian regime minister dismisses Kurdish elections as 'a joke'

A senior Syrian regime minister has belittled scheduled elections in Kurdish-controlled regions of the country later this year, dismissing the ...

Around '2,000 Islamic State fighters' left in Syria's Raqqa

The New Arab

Around '2,000 Islamic State fighters' left in Syria's Raqqa

Around 2,000 Islamic State group fighters remain in Syria's Raqqa as US-backed Kurdish forces battle to recapture the city from the militant ...

Turkey reinforces military units on Syrian border

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Turkey reinforces military units on Syrian border

Turkish news agencies say the country has increased its military presence along its southern border against threats from Kurdish militants in ...

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