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Assad warns Syria's Kurds that US will not protect them

Assad warns Syria's Kurds that US will not protect them

President Bashar al-Assad warned Syria's Kurds Sunday that their ally the United States would not protect them against any Turkish offensive as Washington looks to withdraw it troops.

Syrian Kurds hail Trump's call for repatriation of IS fighters

Syrian Kurds hail Trump's call for repatriation of IS fighters

A Kurdish-led faction that has played a key role in fighting Islamic State in Syria has welcomed a call by US President Donald Trump for Europe to take in hundreds of Islamic State fighters captured in the war-torn country.

IS 'caliphate' on brink of defeat in Syria as Trump urges Europe to do more

IS 'caliphate' on brink of defeat in Syria as Trump urges Europe to do more

US-backed fighters in Syria are poised to capture Islamic State's last, tiny enclave on the Euphrates, the battle commander said on Saturday, bringing its self-declared caliphate to the brink of total defeat ...

Islamic State's 'caliphate' on brink of defeat in Syria

Islamic State's 'caliphate' on brink of defeat in Syria

US-backed fighters in Syria are poised to capture Islamic State's last, tiny enclave on the Euphrates, the battle commander said on Saturday, bringing its self-declared caliphate to the brink of total defeat.

Acting Pentagon chief says committed to defeating IS, but allies sceptical

Acting Pentagon chief says committed to defeating IS, but allies sceptical

Acting US Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Friday that the United States is committed to defeating Islamic State in the Middle East and beyond, but officials said European allies are sceptical of Washington's pledges.

Britain will 'do what it takes' to beat IS: minister

Britain will 'do what it takes' to beat IS: minister

Britain is ready to do ‘all that is required’ to neutralise the threat from the Islamic State militants, defence minister Gavin Williamson said Wednesday ...

Hundreds flee US-backed Syria battle for last IS holdout

Hundreds flee US-backed Syria battle for last IS holdout

The ferocious battle for the Islamic State group's last bastion in eastern Syria entered its fifth day on Wednesday, as exhausted families left the ever-shrinking scrap of land where holdout jihadists have been boxed in by Kurdish-led forces.

Car bomb explodes near Syrian town on border with Turkey

Car bomb explodes near Syrian town on border with Turkey

A car bomb exploded at a checkpoint on the outskirts of the Syrian town of al-Rai near the Turkish border on Tuesday, residents and an emergency worker told Reuters.

'Heavy clashes' as US-backed forces battle IS in Syria

'Heavy clashes' as US-backed forces battle IS in Syria

US-backed forces were locked in fierce fighting as they pressed the battle against the last shred of the Islamic State group's "caliphate" in eastern Syria on Sunday, a war monitor said.

UN aid group: Situation in Syrian refugee camp is dire

UN aid group: Situation in Syrian refugee camp is dire

A UN aid group warned on Saturday that the humanitarian situation is "quite dire" at a desert refugee camp in Syria where thousands of people are stranded.

US will still lead fight against IS despite withdrawal: Pompeo

US will still lead fight against IS despite withdrawal: Pompeo

The United States still plans to lead a global fight against the Islamic State movement despite its withdrawal from Syria, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assured allies on Wednesday.

US general warns of post-withdrawal threat in Syria from Islamic State

US general warns of post-withdrawal threat in Syria from Islamic State

A top US general warned on Tuesday that Islamic State would pose an enduring threat following a planned US withdrawal from Syria, saying the militant group retained leaders, fighters, facilitators and resources that will fuel a menacing insurgency.