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Syria army, IS clashes in Deir Ezzor kill 73

Syria army, IS clashes in Deir Ezzor kill 73

Heavy clashes between Syria's army and the Islamic State group in Deir Ezzor city have killed at least 73 fighters in the last 24 hours, a monitor said Sunday.

New round of Syria talks to begin on November 28

New round of Syria talks to begin on November 28

The talks will follow up on a meeting next week in the Kazakh capital of Astana between Russia, Iran and Turkey that is also aimed at achieving a settlement.

US-led coalition denies deadly Syria strikes

US-led coalition denies deadly Syria strikes

The US-led coalition battling the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq denied on Tuesday that it had carried out deadly air strikes around the Syrian city of Deir Ezzor.

US-backed forces seize major Syria oilfield

US-backed forces seize major Syria oilfield

A US-backed Arab-Kurd alliance announced on Sunday it had retaken one of Syria's largest oilfields from the Islamic State group in the east of country.

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.

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".

'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.

100 IS fighters surrender in Raqa in 24 hours: US-led coalition

100 IS fighters surrender in Raqa in 24 hours: US-led coalition

Dozens of Islamic State group fighters have surrendered over the past day in their one-time bastion Raqqa, the US-led coalition backing the offensive on the Syrian city said Saturday.