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16/04/2017 07:00

Iraq forces make Mosul gains, but anti-IS war far from over

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Iraqi forces made major gains in the six months since launching the operation to retake Mosul, but the battle for Iraq's second city and the war against the Islamic State group are far from over.

15/04/2017 16:41

Syria car bombing kills at least 24 evacuees

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A suicide car bombing killed at least 24 people Saturday in an attack near buses for Syrians evacuated from two besieged government-held towns, a monitor said.

15/04/2017 16:39

US-backed forces reach edge of IS-held Syria town

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US-backed fighters have reached the outskirts of a key jihadist-held town in northern Syria as part of an offensive against the Islamic State group's bastion Raqa, a monitor said Saturday.

15/04/2017 10:15

IS death toll hits 90 from huge US bomb in Afghanistan

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Afghan authorities Saturday reported a jump in fatalities from the American military's largest non-nuclear bomb, declaring some 90 Islamic State fighters dead, as US-led forces conducted clean-up operations over their mountain hideouts.

08/04/2017 14:15

Strike kills 15 near Syria's IS-held Raqa: monitor

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At least 15 civilians, including four children, were killed in a suspected US-led coalition airstrike on Saturday near the Islamic State group's Syrian bastion Raqa, a monitor said.

14/03/2017 07:07

Six years of conflict in Syria

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Peaceful protests against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011. They were harshly repressed, prompting an armed uprising that descended into a complex nationwide conflict.

27/01/2017 18:15

Trump planning stronger US effort against Islamic State

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US President Donald Trump is expected to order up a new plan for defeating the Islamic State group with expanded US military involvement as he makes his first visit to the Pentagon Friday.

17/01/2017 10:54

Syria talks in Astana meant to «consolidate» ceasefire: Lavrov

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Syria peace talks in the Kazakh capital next week are aimed at consolidating the frail truce in the war-torn country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.

03/01/2017 23:44

Coalition jets back Turkey in Syria op

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Jets with the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group backed a Turkish army operation near Al-Bab in Syria last week but did not use weapons, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

18/12/2016 01:47

Libya officially proclaims liberation of Sirte from IS

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Libya's unity government leader Fayez al-Sarraj on Saturday officially announced the end of military operations in Sirte, after the liberation from Islamic State group forces of what was the last significant territory they held in the country.

17/12/2016 06:08

Aleppo wounded desperate for treatment in Turkey

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Lying in a hospital bed in northern Syria, Aleppo evacuee Ali Tarab pleads to be quickly taken to neighbouring Turkey for proper treatment for his shattered leg.

17/12/2016 00:24

France, US push for Aleppo observers

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The United Nations Security Council could vote as early as this weekend on a French-drafted proposal to allow international observers in Syria's Aleppo and ensure urgent deliveries of aid, the US envoy said Friday.

14/12/2016 11:05

Syria army resumes shelling of rebel Aleppo

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Syria's army resumed shelling the last rebel-held parts of Aleppo on Wednesday, a monitor said, ending hours of calm after a deal to evacuate civilians and rebels was announced.

12/12/2016 07:03

Syria army advances in Aleppo but rolled back in Palmyra

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Syrian forces pushed forward in Aleppo Sunday as thousands fled rebel-held areas, but they lost ground to the south where the Islamic State group recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra.

11/12/2016 06:31

After Aleppo falls, where next for Syria?

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While seizing control of Aleppo will not end the Syrian war, Bashar al-Assad's regime and its Russian and Iranian allies have more control now than at any time since the conflict began, experts say.

11/12/2016 05:23

US-led coalition strike kills IS leader in Syria: Pentagon

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The US-led military coalition has killed a leader of the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria, the Pentagon said on Saturday.

10/12/2016 08:10

Spotlight turns to US forces' role as IS fight continues

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As President Barack Obama prepares to leave office and step down as commander-in-chief of America's military, a flap has erupted over the secretive commandos who have become his go-to counterterrorist force across the globe.

09/12/2016 15:35

Syria army pounds Aleppo rebels as Russia vows no let-up

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Syrian government artillery pummelled fast-shrinking rebel territory in Aleppo on Friday as key regime backer Russia vowed no end to the bombardment while opposition fighters remain in the battleground city.

09/12/2016 14:39

Strikes to continue while «bandits» remain in Aleppo: Lavrov

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday that Syria's Aleppo will continue to be bombed by the Moscow-backed regime as long as rebels remain in the devastated city.

04/12/2016 11:29

First buses take Aleppo residents back to abandoned homes

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For much of the past four years, taking a bus between the two sides of Syria's divided second city Aleppo meant an arduous, and sometimes dangerous, 10-hour road trip.

30/11/2016 07:23

Growing fears of IS use of weaponised drones

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The Mosul battle in Iraq has seen the Islamic State group increasingly resort to weaponised drones, which Western governments fear could lead to a new type of attack at home.

28/11/2016 14:30

In major blow, Syria rebels lose all northeast Aleppo

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Syria's rebels lost all the northern neighbourhoods of their stronghold in east Aleppo on Monday, as the army made significant advances in its offensive to recapture the entire city.

22/11/2016 12:30

Syrian civilians flee as regime advances inside rebel-held Aleppo

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Syrian pro-government forces pushed forward inside rebel-held Aleppo on Tuesday, prompting civilians to flee, as the regime pressed an assault to recapture the entire city.

21/11/2016 17:24

Iraq militias train sights on key IS-held town near Mosul

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Iraqi militia fighters peered from a front line position at Tal Afar, a town still held by jihadists, as sniper bullets rang overhead and mortar rounds crashed nearby.

20/11/2016 06:27

French priest reveals IS child jihadist training

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Islamic State group may be teetering on the brink of collapse but the jihadists are creating an entire new generation of would-be terrorists, according to a book written by a French Catholic priest describing the daily lives of three young boys.

20/11/2016 01:41

UN «appalled» by Syria violence, urges Aleppo access

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Top UN officials said Saturday they were «appalled» by escalating violence in Syria, and urged immediate access to Aleppo, where government forces are waging a ferocious assault to retake rebel-held districts.

15/11/2016 12:35

Iraq Christians tell tales of survival in the «caliphate»

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They were threatened, forced to spit on a crucifix or convert to Islam, but a handful of Iraqi Christians miraculously survived more than two years under Islamic State group rule.

08/11/2016 22:15

Civilians flee in fear as forces advance on IS Syria bastion

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When Saada al-Aboud saw Islamic State fighters bringing weaponry into her village near their Syrian bastion of Raqa, she feared she and her family would become human shields for the jihadists.

05/11/2016 22:04

Mosul residents dodge bombs, air strikes to flee IS

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When he saw Iraqi forces approaching Mosul from afar, Abu Fahad yanked the white headscarf off his father's head, turned it into makeshift flag and decided to sneak out.

05/11/2016 16:39

Iraqi forces in new Mosul push as displacement rises

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Iraqi special forces threw themselves back into battle Saturday after a first foray into Mosul was blunted by stiffer than expected resistance from jihadists defending the birthplace of their «caliphate».

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