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US-backed fighters move closer to taking last IS Syria pocket

US-backed fighters move closer to taking last IS Syria pocket

US-backed fighters appeared closer to capturing Islamic State's last pocket in eastern Syria on Tuesday, a victory that would bring the jihadists' self-proclaimed caliphate to a bloody end.

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.

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.

Civilians trapped in embattled Islamic State pocket in Syria

Civilians trapped in embattled Islamic State pocket in Syria

Thousands of civilians are trapped in Islamic State's last pocket in eastern Syria, a day after US-backed fighters started a campaign against the extremist group there, a war monitor said Sunday.

'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.

Kurd-led forces overrun last IS-held village in Syria

Kurd-led forces overrun last IS-held village in Syria

Kurdish-led fighters overran the last village held by the Islamic State group in Syria on Wednesday, confining its once vast cross-border "caliphate" to two small hamlets, a war monitor said.

IS counterattack in east Syria leaves 32 dead

IS counterattack in east Syria leaves 32 dead

Die-hard jihadists defending their last bastions in eastern Syria used the cover of bad weather to launch a vain but deadly counterattack against Kurdish-led fighters.

IS attack kills 24 US-backed fighters in east Syria

IS attack kills 24 US-backed fighters in east Syria

The Islamic State group has killed 24 US-backed fighters in two days in an attack launched from its embattled holdout in eastern Syria, a war monitor said Saturday.

Kurds say they will 'chart roadmap to decentralised Syria' with Damascus

Kurds say they will 'chart roadmap to decentralised Syria' with Damascus

A Syrian Kurdish group said on Saturday it had decided with the government to "chart a roadmap to a democratic and decentralised Syria", but there was no immediate confirmation from Damascus.

US-backed alliance launches 'final' battle against IS in east Syria

US-backed alliance launches 'final' battle against IS in east Syria

A US-backed Kurdish-led alliance announced Tuesday it is launching the final stage of its battle to expel the Islamic State jihadist group from its desert holdouts in eastern Syria.

US-backed forces say have regained villages seized by Syrian army

US-backed forces say have regained villages seized by Syrian army

US backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Sunday they had expelled Syrian troops that had earlier taken control of a string of villages in oil rich areas it controls east of the Euphrates river near the border with Iraq.

Syrian Kurdish leader signals possible joint action with Iraq

Syrian Kurdish leader signals possible joint action with Iraq

A top Syrian Kurdish politician suggested on Wednesday that the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Iraqi government could mount joint operations against Islamic State in the area on the border of the two countries.