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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 »

TOPSHOTS Mosul victory in 'days' as IS falls back in Syria - Channel NewsAsia;

TOPSHOTS Mosul victory in 'days' as IS falls back in Syria - Channel NewsAsia

Channel NewsAsiaTOPSHOTS Mosul victory in 'days' as IS falls back in SyriaChannel NewsAsiaA member of the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service walks through the broken wall of a building during an advance in the Old City of Mosul on Jun 29, 2017. (Photo: AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye). 01 Jul 2017 02:42AM ...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 - U.S. News & World Report

Erdogan, Trump Talk Amid Dispute Over Arms to Kurd FightersU.S. News & World ReportTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spoken with U.S. President Donald Trump and expressed his frustration with Washington's decision to arm Syrian Kurdish forces fighting the Islamic State group, a Turkish official said Friday. June 30, 2017, at ...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 - Channel NewsAsia;

Islamic State under pressure in Iraqi and Syrian strongholds - Channel NewsAsia

Channel NewsAsiaIslamic State under pressure in Iraqi and Syrian strongholdsChannel NewsAsiaU.S.-backed Iraqi forces pressed Islamic State fighters holding out in Mosul's Old City on Friday, while in Syria the militant group launched a counter-attack against an alliance of militias trying to oust it from its de facto capital of Raqqa. A ...and more »

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

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

Hurriyet Daily NewsTurkey, US in intense talks over YPG splitHurriyet Daily NewsTurkish 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 vows to respond to any YPG attack in Syria, says deputy PM - NRT

Turkey vows to respond to any YPG attack in Syria, says deputy PMNRTSULAIMANI — The Turkish Deputy Prime Minister said Ankara will respond to any attack from the People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria's region of Afrin. Deputy Premier Numan Kurtulmus told reporters on Thursday (June 29) Turkey “will never be a ...and more »

Erdoğan and Trump make phone call, discuss Gulf crisis, YPG presence in Afrin - Daily Sabah;

Erdoğan and Trump make phone call, discuss Gulf crisis, YPG presence in Afrin - Daily Sabah

Daily SabahErdoğan and Trump make phone call, discuss Gulf crisis, YPG presence in AfrinDaily SabahPresident Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday and discussed the dispute between Qatar and Gulf and Arab powers who severed diplomatic and travel links with Qatar as well as the latest situation and presence of PKK-linked ...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 »