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Daesh Deploys Car Bombs in New Syria Battle

BEIRUT, Nov 7  – Daesh militants have set off five car bombs targeting U.S.-backed Syrian armed groups attacking Raqqa, a Kurdish source said on Monday, saying the fight to drive Daesh from its stronghold city would “not be easy”. The operation by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), including the Kurdish YPG militia, that began on

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Obama Unlikely to See Assault on Daesh’s Syria Stronghold

By Jonathan Landay and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON, Nov 7 – A U.S.-backed assault on Raqqa, Daesh’s de facto capital in Syria, is unlikely to pierce the city itself before President Barack Obama leaves office in January, denying him the chance to claim the end of the group’s “caliphate” as part of his legacy. Although a

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U.S.-Backed Syrian Rebels Declare Attack on Daesh in Raqqa

By Rodi Said AIN ISSA, Syria, Nov 6  – U.S.-backed rebels said on Sunday they were launching an operation to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of Daesh. The attack ratchets up pressure on the militant group at a critical moment, with its fighters already battling an offensive by Iraqi security forces

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U.S.’s Carter Says Talking to Turkey About Seizure of Raqqa

By Idrees Ali FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo., Nov 2 – The United States is continuing to talk with ally Turkey on the role it will play in the operation to seize the city of Raqqa, Daesh’s main stronghold in Syria, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said on Wednesday. Carter’s comments, made during a news

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Turkey Wants Raqqa Offensive to Begin after Mosul Campaign Completed

ANKARA, Nov 1 – Turkey wants the operation on Raqqa, Daesh’s main stronghold in Syria, to start after Mosul and Euphrates Shield operations have been completed, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday. “Turkey’s stance on the Raqqa operation is clear. It would be better both militarily and strategically to conduct this operation after

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U.S. Says to Launch Campaign on Raqqa Before Mosul Complete

By Phil Stewart and Marine Pennetier PARIS, Oct 26 – The United States on Tuesday made its strongest indication yet that the battle to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from Daesh could be fast approaching, saying it would “overlap” with an already unfolding assault in Iraq to seize the city of Mosul. Defense Secretary

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The Battle for Mosul

Daesh’s leadership flees as the Iraqi army pushes to regain the city By Suadad Al Salhy The policy to fight militant group Daesh in Iraq and Syria was a key part of the third and last U.S. presidential debate, held in Las Vegas on October 19. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made fun of the ample public warning

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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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