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Analysis: The destruction of the Sunni cities of Iraq and Syria underlines the terrible price imposed on civilians, notes Paul Iddon.

A US-backed alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters has ousted Islamic State group militants from half of their Syrian bastion in Raqqa, as the civilian death toll mounts.

Russia and Syrian regime 'collaborating with Kurds' over Raqqa

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Russia and Syrian regime 'collaborating with Kurds' over Raqqa

The US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters have agreed to an intelligence-sharing deal with Russia and the Syrian regime, after Russian airstrikes hit their positions.

US-backed Syrian forces advancing against IS in Raqqa

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US-backed Syrian forces advancing against IS in Raqqa

US-backed forces said they have seized a new neighbourhood from the Islamic State group in Raqqa, northern Syria.

Syrian regime seizes oil fields from IS in Raqqa

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Syrian regime seizes oil fields from IS in Raqqa

Syrian regime forces have taken control of more oil fields in Raqqa province, a vast desert that lies south of the Islamic State group's last ...

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US Occupy activist killed fighting IS in Raqqa

Two Americans were killed in consecutive days in Syria's Raqqa while fighting with Kurdish militias engaged in a battle with IS.

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Food aid deliveries expanded in Syria's Raqqa

Aid deliveries in parts of Syria's Raqqa province resumed for the first time in three years using a newly-opened land route, the UN's World Food ...

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US troops inside Raqqa, IS Syria stronghold

United States military advisers are operating inside the city of Raqqa, the Islamic State group's last major bastion in Syria, a US official ...

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Turkey sets eyes on north Syria's Kurds

Comment: While Kurdish troops are busy ousting Islamic State group fighters from Raqqa, their homes are being shelled by the Turkish military ...

Parched civilians risk lives for water in IS-held Raqqa

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Parched civilians risk lives for water in IS-held Raqqa

Syria's Raqqa has been without steady running water for several weeks after damage to pipelines by heavy bombardment, including suspected ...

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Wearing the enemy down: Islamic State's desperate new tactics

Cornered IS militants are resorting to increasingly desperate and illegal measures, including wearing enemy SDF and Iraqi army uniforms ...

<em>SDF</em> forces breach wall in Syria’s IS Raqqa stronghold

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SDF forces breach wall in Syria’s IS Raqqa stronghold

US-backed SDF fighters have entered the most heavily fortified area of the Islamic State's Raqqa stronghold, marking a milestone in the ...

<em>SDF</em> launch attack on IS in Syria's Raqqa: monitor

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SDF launch attack on IS in Syria's Raqqa: monitor

The Syrian Democratic Forces launched a renewed offensive on the Islamic State group in Syria's Raqqa on Friday night, after the militants ...

US anti-IS coalition envoy visits Turkey after Syria visit

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US anti-IS coalition envoy visits Turkey after Syria visit

The US chief envoy in the Washington-led coalition against IS has visited Turkey, despite Ankara's ferocious opposition to 'pro-Kurdish' McGurk.

Mosul victory in 'days' as pressure on IS mounts

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Mosul victory in 'days' as pressure on IS mounts

Islamic State, which declared a cross-border "caliphate" encompassing swathes of Iraq and Syria three years ago, is now facing twin offensives ...

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US-backed Kurds cut off last escape route from Raqqa

The Syrian Democratic Forces have sealed off the last route used by the Islamic State group to flee an offensive on its Syrian bastion Raqqa.

Paul Iddon

Turkey prepares to ramp up fight against Syrian Kurds

Analysis: Ankara wants to oust the YPG from Tel Rifaat, according to Turkish newspaper reports.

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Children help Raqqa families escape Islamic State militants

Children helped a family flee the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, where a US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab forces are fighting to push out ...

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Airstrike in IS-held eastern Syria 'kills dozens' of civilians

An airstrike in eastern Syria has killed at least 30 civilians and injured dozens more, the Syrian Observatory for Human rights has said.

Turkey troops mass on Syria border amid Kurdish tensions

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Turkey troops mass on Syria border amid Kurdish tensions

Clashes between Turkish troops and Kurdish militias have broke out close to the Syria border, as Ankara bolsters its forces ahead of a possible ...

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Arab-Kurdish alliance seizes a quarter of Raqqa from IS

The Syrian Democratic Forces, a US-backed alliance of Arab and Kurdish forces, has recaptured a quarter of the Islamic State groups' Syrian ...

US to 'disarm Kurdish YPG' after Islamic State defeat

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US to 'disarm Kurdish YPG' after Islamic State defeat

The US has told Turkey that it will take back weapons supplied to the Kurdish YPG militia in Syria after the Islamic State group is defeated, ...

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

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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.

Russia warns US-led coalition planes after downed Syrian jet

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Russia warns US-led coalition planes after downed Syrian jet

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

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