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US-backed forces push against IS in slowed Raqqa campaign - Reuters

BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S.-backed forces fighting Islamic State in Syria took several neighborhoods from the militant group in the town of Tabqa on Friday, they said in a statement, part of a campaign to oust Islamic State from its stronghold in Raqqa city.and more »

'Hundreds of us will die in Raqqa': the women fighting Isis - The Guardian

Kimberley Taylor from Blackburn is part of the all-female Kurdish force battling to rout Islamic State. Driving them on is the chance to free women enslaved by the extremists: 'It starts with fighting Daesh, then the mentality of the male'. by Mark ...and more »

Kurdish forces 'take 90 percent' of Syria's Tabqa -

Kurdish forces are reported to have taken 90 percent of Tabqa city in Syria's Raqqa province from ISIL amid clashes that have left an estimated 19 people dead. The claim was made by the official spokesperson for Ghadab al-Furat, a Kurdish group ...and more »

The scramble for eastern Syria: A new Great Game - Middle East Eye

After the Syrian regime's recapture of Aleppo in December 2016 and the consequential pushing and cornering of major rebel forces into Idlib, the tide of the Syrian civil war was decisively turned in favour of the government. Ever since, it has mainly ...and more »

US-backed militias oust Islamic State from Syria's Tabqa old city - Reuters

BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S.-backed militias said on Monday they had pushed Islamic State fighters out of the old quarters of Tabqa, a strategically vital town controlling Syria's largest dam, hemming the militants into the remaining modern district along ...and more »

Airstrikes on Raqqa as Syrian Democratic Forces advance in Tabqa - Asharq Al-awsat English

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced that fighter jets carried out raids on dawn on Sunday on the city of Raqqa, the stronghold of the ISIS terrorist group. The strikes coincided with strikes on the al-Jisr al-Jadeed area that connects the ...and more »

US forces in buffer zone to block Turk-Kurdish fighting - Washington Times

The distinctive green and gold banner of the Syrian Kurdish militia known as the YPG flew alongside the Stars and Stripes this week, as U.S. troops and Kurdish paramilitaries took up positions in northern Syria's enclave of Rojava. The combination ...and more »

Kurdish fighters 'negotiating with IS' to withdraw from Tabqa - The New Arab

The negotiations are being conducted through intermediaries and dignitaries, in order for IS to retreat from the first, second and third neighbourhoods of Tabqa. Tags: Tabqa, Raqqa, SDF, Kurdish fighters, IS. Kurdish fighters are negotiating with ...and more »

Syria war: IS driven back in Tabqa, US-backed fighters say - BBC News

US-backed Syrian fighters say they have made more gains in their battle with Islamic State (IS) militants for the strategic city of Tabqa. Amid fierce street fighting, allied Kurdish and Arab militias known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) say ...and more »

Dozens killed in ISIS attack on SDF-held refugee camp in Syria - Rudaw

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Dozens of people have been killed in an ISIS dawn attack Tuesday on a security checkpoint on the Iraqi Syrian border where Syrian displaced and Iraqi refugees were waiting to cross to the nearby UN-funded camp in al-Hasakah.and more »