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Kurdish Forces in Fresh Push to Close in on Daesh-Held Mosul

By Saif Hameed WARDAK, Iraq, Aug 14 – Kurdish Peshmerga forces backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes launched a fresh attack on Daesh militants in northern Iraq in the early hours of Sunday, as part of a plan to close in on their de facto capital Mosul, a Kurdish official said. The offensive began after heavy

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Daesh hits U.S.-backed Syrian rebel base near Iraq border

BEIRUT, Aug 7 – Daesh suicide bombers on Sunday attacked a military base for U.S.-backed fighters near the Syrian-Iraqi border, leaving several dead before blowing themselves up, rebel sources and the militants said on Sunday. They said the dawn attack on the heavily defended military camp near the Syrian al Tanf border crossing with Iraq

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As ‘Caliphate’ Shrinks, Daesh Looks to Global Attacks

By Stephen Kalin and Ahmed Tolba BAGHDAD/CAIRO, July 31 – Daesh, losing territory and on the retreat in Iraq and Syria, has claimed credit for a surge in global attacks this summer, most of them in France and Germany. The wave of attacks followed a call to strike against the West during the Islamic holy

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Daesh Said to Shun Withdrawal Offer in Surrounded Syrian City of Manbij

BEIRUT, July 23 – Daesh appeared to have shunned an offer for its fighters to withdraw safely from the Syrian city of Manbij and clashes with U.S.-backed forces raged ahead of its expiry, a spokesman for Washington-backed forces said on Saturday. The Syria Democratic Forces alliance, made up of Arab and Kurdish fighters and backed

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Syrian Rebel Group Say They Are Investigating Child Beheading Video

BEIRUT, July 20 – A Syrian rebel group which has received U.S. military backing said it is investigating the beheading of a young child in Aleppo after video footage circulated showing the boy being killed by a man activists identified as a member of the group. Images of a fighter cutting off the small boy’s

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Daesh Lost Quarter Of its Iraq, Syria Territory in 18 months

BEIRUT, July 10 – Daesh lost an area the size of Ireland – a quarter of its territory – to hostile forces in the last 18 months in Iraq and Syria and is likely to further step up attacks on civilians in coming months, IHS said in a report on Sunday. The territory controlled by

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Two Russian Helicopter Pilots Shot Down, Killed in Syria

MOSCOW, July 9 – Militants shot down a military helicopter near Palmyra in Syria, killing two Russian pilots on board, Interfax news agency said, quoting Russia’s defence ministry. The two men had been attacking a detachment of Daesh fighters in the Homs region on Friday, when the Syrian Mi-25 helicopter they were in ran out

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Syria Rebels Battle Daesh at Iraqi Border, Aim to Cut “Caliphate” In Two

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Tom Perry AMMAN/BEIRUT, June 29 – Syrian rebels advanced into an Islamic State-held town at the border with Iraq on Wednesday, a rebel commander told Reuters, in a new U.S.-backed offensive aimed at cutting the jihadists’ self-declared caliphate in two. The operation aiming to capture the eastern Syrian town of Al-Bukamal,

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Syrian Army Presses Offensive Against Daesh

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN, June 5 – The Syrian army pushed into Raqqa province, home to the de facto capital of Daesh, after a major Russian-backed offensive against the militants, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday. The offensive is the third big assault on the self-proclaimed caliphate in recent days after Iraqi forces

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