Kurdish troops withdraw from east Raqqa suburb as ISIS launches fresh counter-offensive - AMN Al-Masdar News (registration)

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:00 A.M.) – On Friday, the Islamic State unleashed hundreds of fighters upon a Kurdish-held neighborhood in eastern Raqqa, forcing US allies to pull back from the district entirely. After being under the control of the Syrian ...

New conflicts threaten Syria after Daesh defeat - The Daily Star

RAQQA, Syria/WASHINGTON: Sheen Ibrahim's track record fighting ultra-hard-line militants explains U.S. President Donald Trump's policy of arming Syrian Kurds like her as he seeks to eradicate Daesh (ISIS). It also highlights the risks. Taught by her ...

Fight against ISIS 'far from over' despite terrorist group's loss of Mosul - USA TODAY

The Islamic State remains a formidable global threat and still clings to large swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria despite the group's imminent loss of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city. “This fight is far from over,” said Jennifer Cafarella, an ...

Iraqi commander says Mosul victory 'days' away as Islamic State falls back in Syria - Firstpost

Mosul: Iraq will declare victory over the Islamic State group in Mosul during the "next few days," a senior commander said Friday, as the jihadists fell back in neighbouring Syria. IS, which declared a cross-border "caliphate" encompassing swathes of ...

Kurdish, Russia Military Leaders Meet to Strengthen Coordination in Syria - Latin American Herald Tribune

BEIRUT - A leading member of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) armed group met with a Russian military officer in a Kurdish-controlled enclave of northwest Syria, the militia said in a statement on Friday. YPG spokesman Forat Khalil met with Gen.

Kurdish YPG plans to take Azaz-Jarablus area in Syria: statement - Reuters

BEIRUT The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia aims to "liberate" the area between Azaz and Jarablus held by Turkey-backed Syrian rebels, a YPG commander said in a statement. Commander Sipan Hemo did not give a timeline or details of plans to take the area, ...

Erdogan, Trump talk amid dispute over arms to Kurd fighters - ABC News

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke with U.S. President Donald Trump amid tensions over Washington's decision to arm Syrian Kurdish forces fighting the Islamic State group, a Turkish official said Friday. Mahir Unal, a spokesman for Erdogan's ...

Fighters surround ISIS-controlled Raqqa in Syria, commander says - CNN

(CNN) In a major push to defeat ISIS, US-backed fighters have surrounded the Syrian city of Raqqa as they try to oust the militants from their de facto capital. The fighters have cut off all routes into and out of Raqqa, said Nasir Haj Mansour, a ...

US-backed Syrian forces surround Raqqa, tighten noose around ISIS - TheBlaze.com

US-backed Syrian forces surround Raqqa, tighten noose around ISIS Reports from Democratic Forces from Syria say that the ISIS de-facto of Raqqa has been surrounded by U.S.-backed coalition forces. (Getty Images). 20 Follow. Share; Tweet. Syrian forces ...

Turkey to Launch Military Operation in Afrin - Al-Bawaba

Ankara announced on Thursday it would launch a military operation to tighten the noose on the city of Afrin in the Syrian Aleppo province and “cleanse” it from extremists. The announcement is a sign that Turkey would attack the Kurdish Democratic Union ...

Syrian US-backed forces seize last route into Raqqa - New Jersey Herald

An Iraqi special forces soldier moves towards the frontline near the al-Nuri mosque during fights against Islamic State militants in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) The Associated Press. By SARAH EL DEEB.

IS retakes Raqa district from US-backed forces: monitor - Daily News & Analysis

Islamic State group jihadists recaptured an eastern district of their Syrian bastion Raqa today, a monitor said, rolling back the advance of US-backed fighters. "IS fully retook Al-Senaa, which was the most important neighbourhood taken by the Syrian ...

Islamic State under pressure in Iraqi and Syrian strongholds - One America News Network (press release)

An armoured fighting vehicle of the Counter Terrorism Service is seen at the Grand al-Nuri Mosque at the Old City in Mosul, Iraq, June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani. June 30, 2017. By Stephen Kalin and Goran Tomasevic. MOSUL, Iraq/RAQQA, Syria ...

US-Backed Kurdish-Led Forces Besiege ISIS Capital Raqqa in Syria - Intelligencer Post

A soldier aims an automatic rifle through a peephole in a wall at Raqqa city, Syria, 11 June 2017 (Issued 12 June 2017). Photo: Youssef Ravue Youssef/EPA/REX/Shutterstock. Posted By: News Desk June 30, 2017 ...

Allies cut ISIS escape routes from Raqqa - The Australian

Beirut: US-backed forces have cut off the last escape route for Islamic State from Raqqa, trapping the besieged jihadists inside their de facto Syrian capital. But ISIS fighters hit back with a counter-attack early yesterday that included several ...

Coalition says no advisory report received on SDF recruitment of children - NRT

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters stand in line during a funeral of SDF fighters killed by Islamic State militants in Raqqa, at Tal Abiad, Syria June 23, 2017. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic. 7 hours ago ...

Daesh retakes Raqqa district from US-backed forces: monitor - TRT World

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Daesh has fully retaken Al Senaa, which was the most important neighbourhood taken by the Syrian Democratic Forces. But Daesh has withdrawn from the Aleppo province. Photo by: Reuters. A Syrian ...

Syria war: IS quits Aleppo and launches counter-attack in Raqqa - Middle East Eye

YPG soldiers patrol Raqqa. IS is reported to have pressed a counter-offensive in the district of al-Senaa (Reuters). MEE and agencies's picture. MEE and agencies. Friday 30 June 2017 12:34 UTC. Last update: Friday 30 June 2017 12:39 UTC.

Washington's anti-IS envoy in Ankara after Syria visit - Yahoo7 News

Ankara (AFP) - The White House envoy coordinating the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group was holding talks in Ankara on Friday a day after visiting a Syrian Kurdish militia deemed by Turkey to be "terrorists". The visit by Brett McGurk ...

Islamic State counter attack causes fierce clashes in Syria's Raqqa - Reuters India

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State mounted a fierce counter-attack against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance of militias in the city of Raqqa on Friday, but there were divergent accounts of its success in regaining ground. The Syrian ...