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Foreign jihadists 'could' have escaped Syria's Raqa: coalition

Foreign fighters from the Islamic State group may have escaped the Syrian city of Raqa shortly before its recapture, the spokesman for the US-led coalition against the jihadists said Tuesday. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)...Show More Summary

Did secret deal let hundreds of ISIS fighters flee Raqqa?

The BBC reports 250 ISIS fighters were permitted to leave Raqqa with 3,500 family members to ISIS-controlled territory. The U.S. and British-led coalition reportedly knew about the deal brokered by Syrian Democratic Forces and monitored the exodus. Quentin Sommerville of our partners at BBC reports.

How ISIS lost control of its last major stronghold in the Middle East

After months of fighting, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have conquered Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State's so-called caliphate and its last major stronghold in the Middle East. But the victory by no means indicates...Show More Summary

U.S.-backed militias seize key oil field in east Syria: SDF

last monthNews : The Lookout

By Ellen Francis BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S.-backed militias said they captured Syria's largest oil field on Sunday, pressing their assault against Islamic State in the east of the country. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said they took al-Omar field on the eastern bank of the Euphrates river in the early hours. Show More Summary

U.S.-allied forces take Syria's largest oil field from Islamic State

U.S.-allied forces said Sunday that they have captured Syria's largest oil field from Islamic State. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, who are in a race with Russian-backed Syrian troops to seize parts of the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province, said they are in full control of the Omar field....

US-allied force takes Syria's largest oil field from IS

U.S-allied forces say they have captured Syria's largest oil field from the Islamic State group. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, who are in a race with Russian-backed Syrian government forces … Click to Continue »

Humanity Is Being Split into Two Groups: The Privileged and the Billions Who Face Plunder, Trauma and Suffering

The West continues to throw gasoline on its fires. News comes like a hurricane. Iraqi forces take Kirkuk, while Syrian Democratic Forces seize Raqqa. Ai Weiwei releases a film about refugees, while refugees continues to trek across the Sahara Desert and across the lip that divides Myanmar from Bangladesh. Show More Summary

The fall of Raqqa - in pictures

Photographer Bulent Kilic entered the former Islamic State stronghold with the Syrian Democratic Forces and documented the elation of the victory over the jihadists and the price paid by the ancient city Continue reading...

US-Backed Syrian Kurds Transfer Key Gas Field To Russians After Secret Talks

In a move that surprised many observers of the ongoing war for Deir Ezzor province, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) handed over one of Syria's largest gas fields to Russian forces on Thursday, possibly as the result of unprecedented...Show More Summary

U.S.-backed forces declare "victory" over ISIS in Raqqa

Syrian Democratic Forces say no militants left in what was for years the capital of ISIS' self-declared "caliphate"

Defeated Isil 'cowards' take the bus home as Raqqa, capital of terrorism, is defeated at last

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The Islamic State’s “capital” fell on Tuesday after US-backed forces declared victory in the Syrian city where the jihadist group plotted attacks on the West. Brig Gen Talal Silo, the spokesman for the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces,...Show More Summary

IS loses power in one-time stronghold of Raqqa

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After a five-month onslaught backed by US airstrikes, the Syrian Democratic Forces say they have taken full control of Raqqa from the Islamic State. The western backed troops drove IS fighters from their last holdouts this morning, freeing the remaining civilians who had been trapped inside. IS’s capital was one of the final bastions of…

U.S.-backed Syrian forces recapture Raqqa from Islamic State group

U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces announced Tuesday that they had captured the city of Raqqa from Islamic State militants. Continue reading ? The post U.S.-backed Syrian forces recapture Raqqa from Islamic State group appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

A.M. Links: North Korea Says Nuclear War ‘May Break Out Any Moment,’ Trump to Declare Opioid Crisis a National Emergency, Syrian Democratic Forces Retake Raqqa from ISIS

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President Donald Trump says he will declare a national emergency in response to the opioid crisis. "Rep. Tom Marino has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from consideration as drug czar," President Trump tweeted today. TheShow More Summary

ISIS Makes Last Stand At A Stadium In Raqqa, Its Doomed 'Capital'

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Arab and Kurdish fighters in the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces began their offensive four months ago. Now ISIS fighters are reportedly bottled up in a stadium complex in the city.

Raqqa recaptured from Islamic State, US-backed forces announce

Kurdish-Arab Syrian Democratic Forces say they have taken full control of Syrian capital of Isis ‘caliphate’ US-backed forces say they have taken full control of Raqqa from the Islamic State group, defeating the last jihadist holdouts in the de facto Syrian capital of their now-shattered “caliphate”. Show More Summary

U.S.-backed forces celebrate defeat of ISIS in Raqqa

U.S.-backed forces in Syria are celebrating the defeat of ISIS in its former stronghold of Raqqa. Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces danced and chanted in the streets. They say total victory will come within hours. Losing Raqqa is a major blow for ISIS as the terror group once called the city its capital. Holly Williams reports.

SDF captures Syria's Raqqa city from ISIL

After four-month battle, Syrian Democratic Forces say Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters are defeated.

U.S.-backed militias say they take major Raqqa position from ISIS

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has taken the National Hospital in Raqqa, one of Islamic State's last remaining bastions in its former Syrian capital, a militia spokesman said on Tuesday.

U.S.-backed militias in final push against Islamic State in Raqqa

RAQQA, Syria/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) expect to wrest control of Raqqa, the last major Syrian city held by Islamic State, from the militants by the end of Monday, an SDF field commander said.

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