• Russia Oct 20, 2019

    Kurds Evacuate Syrian Town in 1st Pullout of Cease-Fire

    Dozens of vehicles rolled out of a besieged Syrian border town, evacuating Kurdish fighters and civilians and opening the way for Turkish-backed forces to take over in the first pullback under a three-day-old U.S.-brokered cease-fire. Kurdish officials say the evacuation of the town of Ras al-Ayn will be followed by a withdrawal of their forces from a broader section of...

  • United States Oct 11, 2019

    World Leaders Call for End to Turkey's Assault on Syria as Thousands Flee

    Turkey pressed its air and ground assault against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria on Thursday for a second day, pounding the region with airstrikes and an artillery bombardment that raised columns of black smoke in a border town and sent panicked civilians scrambling to get out. Amid the fierce fighting, residents fled with their belongings loaded into cars, pickup...

  • Donald Trump Mar 23, 2019

    US-Allied Syrian Force Declares Victory Over Islamic State

    U.S.-backed forces declared military victory over the Islamic State group in Syria on Saturday after liberating the last pocket of territory held by the militants, marking the end of a brutal self-styled caliphate the group carved out in large parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014. The nearly five-year war that has devastated cities and towns across north Syria and...

  • Asher Klein Mar 19, 2019

    US-Backed Force Says It Captured ISIS Camp in Syria

    U.S.-backed Syrian forces on Tuesday seized control of an encampment held by ISIS in eastern Syria, after hundreds of militants surrendered overnight, a spokesman said, signaling the group’s collapse after months of stiff resistance. A group of suspects involved in a January bombing that killed four Americans in northern Syria were among militants captured by the Kurdish-led forces. The taking...

  • Donald Trump Feb 18, 2019

    ‘Taking Their Last Breath': ISIS Hides Among Syrian Civilians

    From a self-proclaimed caliphate that once spread across much of Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State group has been knocked back to a speck of land on the countries’ shared border. In that tiny patch on the banks of the Euphrates River, hundreds of militants are hiding among civilians under the shadow of a small hill — encircled by forces...

  • president Feb 8, 2018

    Syria Calls Rare US Strike an Effort ‘to Support Terrorism'

    Syrian state-run media said Thursday a rare U.S. strike on government-backed troops in eastern Syria killed and wounded dozens of tribal fighters, calling it a new effort “to support terrorism.” The U.S.-led coalition said its action was in “self-defense,” citing a major attack on its allied forces and U.S. advisers in Deir el-Zour province by at least 500 fighters, battle...

  • Iraq Oct 22, 2017

    US-Allied Force Takes Syria's Largest Oil Field From ISIS

    U.S.-backed fighters captured Syria’s largest oil field from the Islamic State group Sunday, marking a major advance against the extremists in an area coveted by pro-government forces. With IS in retreat, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces and the Syrian government have been in a race to secure parts of the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province along the border with Iraq. The...

  • spokesman Oct 17, 2017

    ISIS' One-Time Capital Is Liberated: Syrian Commander

    U.S.-backed Syrian forces liberated the city of Raqqa from Islamic State militants on Tuesday, a senior commander for the force said, adding that clearing operations were underway to remove land mines left behind and search for the extremist group’s sleeper cells. Brig. Gen. Talal Sillo told The Associated Press that there are no longer clashes in the city, which had...

  • head Jul 5, 2017

    Iraqi PM Congratulates Troops on ‘Big Victory' as US-Backed Forces Breach Wall Around Raqqa's Old City

    Iraq’s prime minister on Tuesday congratulated his fighters on “the big victory in Mosul” — even as fighting with Islamic State militants continued in Mosul’s Old City neighborhood where Iraqi forces are about 250 meters from the Tigris River and facing increasingly fierce resistance. Haider al-Abadi spoke during a press conference in Baghdad, less than a week after he declared...

  • Facebook Jun 19, 2017

    DNA Shows Early Spread of Cats in Human World

    Long before cats became the darlings of Facebook and YouTube, they spread through the ancient human world. A DNA study reached back thousands of years to track that conquest and found evidence of two major dispersals from the Middle East, in which people evidently took cats with them. Genetic signatures the felines had on those journeys are still seen in...

  • bank Jun 16, 2017

    Syrian Troops Besiege ISIS Stronghold

    Syrian government forces are besieging the last ISIS stronghold in the northern province of Aleppo, weeks after launching an offensive to retake the entire province, state media and an opposition monitoring group reported Thursday. The push on Deir Hafer comes as U.S. aircraft ferried Syrian Kurdish fighters and allies behind ISIS lines to spearhead a major ground assault on the...

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