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As the Islamic State falls in Syria, one city offers a preview of the country's future - Washington Post

TABQA, SYRIA. The Islamic State's headquarters in this city at the western gateway to Raqqa has been crushed like a sandcastle by American bombs. At a dam complex on the Euphrates River where the Islamic State was torturing prisoners and hurling ...and more »

In a Desperate Syrian City, a Test of Trump's Policies - New York Times

TABQA, Syria — The young man unburdened himself about the dark years of living under the Islamic State as a crowd of curious onlookers gathered in front of a weathered storefront in the town marketplace. The militants, said the man, a 22-year-old ...and more »

War clouds looming over Kurdish Afrin in northwest Syria - The Jerusalem Post

“Turkey, Russia May Cooperate in Afrin After YPG Driven Out,” read a headline in the Turkish Daily Sabah on July 1. It was part of a flurry of reports over the weekend that said Turkey and its allies among Syrian rebel groups were about to invade the ...and more »

Brett McGurk, the Lawrence of Kurdistan? - Hurriyet Daily News

Brett McGurk, the Special Envoy of the U.S. President for the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), arrived in Ankara on June 30 after carrying out inspections in the north of Syria on June 28-29. His arrival in ...and more »

'We'll fight whoever we have to', say Syria's Kurdish female fighters - The National

At 26, Sheen Ibrahim leads a 15-woman unit hunting down the hardline group in its global headquarters Raqqa, But they are ready to take on all-comers. June 30, 2017. Updated: June 30, 2017 04:00 AM. 0. shares. 0. shares. x. Sheen Ibrahim, Kurdish ...and more »

Syrian Kurds Vow to Stop Turkish Troops' Advance on Afrin - Sputnik International

Nuri Mehmud, an official representative of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), said in an interview with Sputnik Turkey that the group will defend its territories if there is an attack on Afrin from Turkey. Afrin, Syria. © Photo: Bertramz ...and more »

Russia-Turkey S-400 Deal to Take on Western Policy of 'Chaos' in Middle East - Sputnik International

The contract on the delivery of Russian-made S-400 air defense systems to Turkey has been agreed, but there is still no decision on a loan Moscow can provide to Ankara for the purchase, said Vladimir Kozhin, Russian presidential adviser on military and ...and more »

BREAKING: US military to occupy Tabqa Airbase as part of agreement with YPG - AMN Al-Masdar News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:35 P.M.) – According to Kurdish sources close to Al-Masdar News, the US military is to establish a presence at the Tabqa Airbase in Raqqa Governonate as part of an agreement reached with the leadership of the Kurdish People's ...and more »

Turkey, US in intense talks over YPG split - Hurriyet Daily News

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke on the phone with U.S. President Donald Trump on June 30, while Brett McGurk, the U.S. special envoy for the coalition to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), was holding discussions in ...and more »

Turkey, Russia may cooperate in Afrin after YPG driven out - Daily Sabah

Amid speculation of Turkey's possible military operation to areas held by PKK-linked groups in Afrin, experts said that even though Ankara and Moscow do not exactly share the same opinion on the issue, it is unlikely that Russia will undermine the ...and more »