Top Stories

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

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

AMN Al-Masdar News (registration)Kurdish troops withdraw from east Raqqa suburb as ISIS launches fresh counter-offensiveAMN 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 ...and more »

New conflicts threaten Syria after Daesh defeat - The Daily Star;

New conflicts threaten Syria after Daesh defeat - The Daily Star

The Daily StarNew conflicts threaten Syria after Daesh defeatThe Daily StarRAQQA, 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 ...and more »

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

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

USA TODAYFight against ISIS 'far from over' despite terrorist group's loss of MosulUSA TODAYThe 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 ...and more »

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

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

FirstpostIraqi commander says Mosul victory 'days' away as Islamic State falls back in SyriaFirstpostMosul: 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 ...and more »

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

Kurdish, Russia Military Leaders Meet to Strengthen Coordination in SyriaLatin American Herald TribuneBEIRUT - 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.and more »

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

Kurdish YPG plans to take Azaz-Jarablus area in Syria: statementReutersBEIRUT 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, ...and more »

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

Erdogan, Trump talk amid dispute over arms to Kurd fightersABC NewsTurkish 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 ...and more »

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

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

CNNFighters surround ISIS-controlled Raqqa in Syria, commander saysCNN(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 ...and more »

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

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

TheBlaze.comUS-backed Syrian forces surround Raqqa, tighten noose around ISISTheBlaze.comUS-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 ...and more »

Turkey to Launch Military Operation in Afrin - Al-Bawaba;

Turkey to Launch Military Operation in Afrin - Al-Bawaba

Al-BawabaTurkey to Launch Military Operation in AfrinAl-BawabaAnkara 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 ...and more »

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

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

New Jersey HeraldSyrian US-backed forces seize last route into RaqqaNew Jersey HeraldAn 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.and more »

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

IS retakes Raqa district from US-backed forces: monitorDaily News & AnalysisIslamic 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 ...and more »

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

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

One America News Network (press release)Islamic State under pressure in Iraqi and Syrian strongholdsOne 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 ...and more »

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

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

Intelligencer PostUS-Backed Kurdish-Led Forces Besiege ISIS Capital Raqqa in SyriaIntelligencer PostA 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 ...and more »

Allies cut ISIS escape routes from Raqqa - The Australian;

Allies cut ISIS escape routes from Raqqa - The Australian

The AustralianAllies cut ISIS escape routes from RaqqaThe AustralianBeirut: 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 ...and more »

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

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

NRTCoalition says no advisory report received on SDF recruitment of childrenNRTSyrian 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 ...and more »

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

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

TRT WorldDaesh retakes Raqqa district from US-backed forces: monitorTRT WorldThe 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 ...and more »

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

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

Middle East EyeSyria war: IS quits Aleppo and launches counter-attack in RaqqaMiddle East EyeYPG 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.and more »

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

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

Yahoo7 NewsWashington's anti-IS envoy in Ankara after Syria visitYahoo7 NewsAnkara (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 ...and more »

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

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

Reuters IndiaIslamic State counter attack causes fierce clashes in Syria's RaqqaReuters IndiaBEIRUT (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 ...and more »