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Raqqa to be part of "federal Syria", US-backed militia says

Raqqa to be part of "federal Syria", US-backed militia says

Raqqa will be part of a decentralised federal Syria now the city has been freed from Islamic State, the US-backed militias that captured it said on Friday, tying its political future to Kurdish-led autonomy plans for northern Syria.

US-backed Syria force hails 'historic victory' in Raqqa

US-backed Syria force hails 'historic victory' in Raqqa

The Syrian Democratic Forces said the handover would not be immediate, with SDF fighters still combing the city of Raqqa.

G7 tackles foreign fighters as EU helps shut 'terror' route

G7 tackles foreign fighters as EU helps shut 'terror' route

The group kicked off its first working session in a seafront hotel on the island of Ischia on how to deal with the potential return to Europe of foreign fighters fleeing a crumbling Islamic State group.

Philippines says Malaysian militant leader 'possibly' killed

Philippines says Malaysian militant leader 'possibly' killed

Thirteen rebels among the few dozen Islamic State loyalists holed up in the decimated heart of Marawi City were killed in the operation and Malaysian Mahmud Ahmad was likely among them.

After IS, rotting corpses and empty jail cells in Syria's Raqqa

After IS, rotting corpses and empty jail cells in Syria's Raqqa

Days ago in Syria's Raqqa, die-hard jihadists made their final stand in the city's national hospital. On Wednesday, it stood eerily silent, its entrance inhabited only by swarming flies and two rotting corpses.

Forces comb ghost city Raqqa after IS ouster

Forces comb ghost city Raqqa after IS ouster

US-backed forces combed the ruins of Raqqa for survivors and bombs Wednesday, after retaking the Syrian city from Islamic State group jihadists and dealing their dreams of statehood a fatal blow.

Blockade hinders fight against IS: minister

Blockade hinders fight against IS: minister

The ongoing blockade has impeded the fight against the Islamic State group in the region, HE the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani has said.

Islamic State group loses emblematic Syria stronghold Raqqa

Islamic State group loses emblematic Syria stronghold Raqqa

US-backed forces took full control of Raqqa from the Islamic State group on Tuesday, defeating the last jihadist holdouts in the de facto Syrian capital of their now-shattered "caliphate".

Iraqi forces seize more territory in advance against Kurds

Iraqi forces seize more territory in advance against Kurds

In the second day of a lightning government campaign to take back towns and countryside from forces of the Kurdish autonomous region, Kurdish troops known as Peshmerga pulled out of the long disputed Khanaqin area.

Duterte says Marawi liberated but battle continues

Duterte says Marawi liberated but battle continues

Duterte led rain-soaked soldiers in celebrations in Marawi, a day after the military announced the death of the head of the Islamic State group in Southeast Asia, Isnilon Hapilon, in a gunbattle in the city

'Final phase' of battle for Raqqa as IS fighters leave

'Final phase' of battle for Raqqa as IS fighters leave

Raqqa was once the de facto Syrian capital of the jihadists' self-styled "caliphate" in Syria and Iraq, but IS now holds just 10% of the city.

Battle for Philippine city to end soon, 1,000 dead: army

Battle for Philippine city to end soon, 1,000 dead: army

The army previously set a target of Sunday to end the fighting in Marawi, which it said has killed more than 1,000 people.