Gulf Times - Raqqa
Civilians trapped as IS mounts last stand in Syria's Raqqa

Civilians trapped as IS mounts last stand in Syria's Raqqa

Among the ruins of a street in Syria's Raqqa, an anti-jihadist fighter's call echoes from a loudspeaker: "Civilians, we are waiting for you to leave to safety."

Raqqa campaign in final stages, SDF says

Raqqa campaign in final stages, SDF says

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Wednesday its campaign to capture Raqqa from Islamic State (IS) was in its final stages and its fighters had seized 80 percent of the city.

US-backed Syria force says seizes Raqqa Old City from IS

US-backed Syria force says seizes Raqqa Old City from IS

US-backed fighters on Friday ousted the Islamic State group from Raqqa's Old City, a spokesman told AFP, bringing them closer than ever to the jihadists' most well-defended positions.

64 dead in clashes between Syria regime and IS

64 dead in clashes between Syria regime and IS

Fierce fighting between Syrian government forces and the Islamic State group has killed 64 combatants in Raqqa province over a 24-hour period, a monitoring group said Wednesday.

IS counterattack kills 34 Syria regime forces in Raqqa

IS counterattack kills 34 Syria regime forces in Raqqa

At least 34 Syrian soldiers and allied fighters have been killed in an Islamic State counterattack in the east of Raqqa province, rolling back regime gains, a monitor said Friday.

Red Cross hopes to repair Tabqa dam near Syria's Raqqa

Red Cross hopes to repair Tabqa dam near Syria's Raqqa

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) plans to carry out urgent repairs to Tabqa Dam near the Syrian city of Raqqa in an area recaptured from Islamic State, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

US-backed forces say advancing against IS in Raqqa

US-backed forces say advancing against IS in Raqqa

US-backed forces said Monday they had seized a new neighbourhood from the Islamic State group in the jihadist stronghold of Raqqa in northern Syria.

Islamic State's Baghdadi almost certainly alive - Kurdish official

Islamic State's Baghdadi almost certainly alive - Kurdish official

A top Kurdish counter-terrorism official said on Monday he was 99 percent sure that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was alive and located south of the Syrian city of Raqqa, despite reports that he had been killed.

Russia's military says may have killed IS leader Baghdadi

Russia's military says may have killed IS leader Baghdadi

Russia's Defence Ministry said on Friday it was checking information that a Russian air strike near the Syrian city of Raqqa may have killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in late May.

"Staggering" civilian deaths from air strikes in Raqqa: UN

"Staggering" civilian deaths from air strikes in Raqqa: UN

Intensified coalition air strikes supporting an assault by US-backed forces on Islamic State's stronghold of Raqqa in Syria are causing a "staggering loss of civilian life", United Nations war crimes investigators said on Wednesday.

Malaysia's top Islamic State operative killed in Syria

Malaysia's top Islamic State operative killed in Syria

Malaysia's most-wanted member of the Islamic State militant group has been killed in Syria, police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said on Monday, citing intelligence information.

Syrian rebels fight off Islamic State suicide attack

Syrian rebels fight off Islamic State suicide attack

Syrian rebels repelled on Sunday a suicide attack by Islamic State militants on a military base near a border crossing into Iraq and a rebel convoy headed to the base, leaving at least four dead and several injured.