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 ...

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

A 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 ...

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 - U.S. News & World Report

Turkish 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 ...

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 - Channel NewsAsia

U.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 ...

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 ...

Turkey vows to respond to any YPG attack in Syria, says deputy PM - NRT

SULAIMANI — 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 ...

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

President 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 ...

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.