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Iraq, Syria converge on Islamic State's last strongholds

Iraq, Syria converge on Islamic State's last strongholds

The separate assaults across the Iraqi-Syrian frontier aim to deal a final blow to the Islamic State "caliphate" that has crumbled this year in Syria and Iraq.

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.

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.

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".

'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.

Islamic State faces imminent Raqqa defeat, Syrian YPG says

Islamic State faces imminent Raqqa defeat, Syrian YPG says

Islamic State is on the verge of defeat in Syria's Raqqa and the city may finally be cleared of the jihadists on Saturday or Sunday, the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Saturday.

US-led strike kills 18 civilians in Syria's Raqqa

US-led strike kills 18 civilians in Syria's Raqqa

A US-led coalition air strike killed at least 18 civilians on Tuesday in the Islamic State group's former stronghold of Raqqa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

Civilians trapped as IS mounts last stand in Syria's Raqqa

Civilians trapped as IS mounts last stand in Syria's Raqqa

Among the ruins of a street in Syria's Raqqa, an anti-jihadist fighter's call echoes from a loudspeaker: "Civilians, we are waiting for you to leave to safety."

Raqqa campaign in final stages, SDF says

Raqqa campaign in final stages, SDF says

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Wednesday its campaign to capture Raqqa from Islamic State (IS) was in its final stages and its fighters had seized 80 percent of the city.

US-backed Syria force says seizes Raqqa Old City from IS

US-backed Syria force says seizes Raqqa Old City from IS

US-backed fighters on Friday ousted the Islamic State group from Raqqa's Old City, a spokesman told AFP, bringing them closer than ever to the jihadists' most well-defended positions.