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Daesh Hits Back Against Syrian Army After Advance

BEIRUT, June 6 – Daesh attacked Syrian army positions in Hama province on Monday, Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported, hitting back after Syrian government forces launched an offensive against Daesh last week. The Observatory said Daesh had severed the road linking the towns of Salamiya and Athriya further east, where

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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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Daesh on the Defensive, Territory Shrinking in Syria and Iraq: U.S. Official

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN, May 16 – Daesh has not gained significant ground since it took the Iraqi city of Ramadi a year ago, which it then lost in December, as the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq and Syria has been helped by better intelligence and better equipped local forces, a senior U.S. official said on Sunday. Daesh “is shrinking

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Assad Says He Can Form New Syria Government With Opposition

By Jack Stubbs and Lisa Barrington MOSCOW/BEIRUT, March 31 – President Bashar Al Assad said it would not be difficult to agree on a new Syrian government including opposition figures, but his opponents responded on Wednesday that no administration would be legitimate while he remained in office. Assad, bolstered by military victory in the desert city of Palmyra,

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Assad Says Syria Military Gains Will Speed Up Political Deal

By Vladimir Soldatkin MOSCOW, March 30 – The Syrian army’s successes and its strong support from Russia will help accelerate a political settlement to the country’s civil war, President Bashar Al Assad said, as the two allies maintained an offensive against Daesh militants. Assad was speaking in an interview with Russia’s RIA news agency published on Tuesday, two days

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Daesh “Gets Tougher” in Face of Air Strikes

BAGHDAD, Dec 27 – A new message purporting to come from the leader of Daesh said air strikes by Russia and a U.S.-led coalition had failed to weaken the group. “Be confident that God will grant victory to those who worship him, and hear the good news that our state is doing well. The more

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U.S. Defense Chief Visits Baghdad; Seeks to Step-Up Fight Against Daesh

BAGHDAD, Dec 16 (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived in Baghdad on Wednesday for talks with U.S. military commanders, seeking ways to intensify the fight against Daesh militants. Carter said earlier, at the start of his trip to the Middle East, that he would be speaking to commanders to “get their latest reading on

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Four Syrian Soldiers Killed in U.S.-Led Coalition Air Strikes

BEIRUT, Dec 7 (Reuters) – An air strike believed to have been carried out by the U.S.-led coalition killed four Syrian military personnel in Deir al Zor province, which is mostly held by Islamic State, a monitoring group said on Monday, in what would be the first time coalition warplanes had hit Syrian government forces.

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