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ISIS now controls just half a square kilometer in Syria, says SDF

ISIS now controls an area of Syria measuring just half a square kilometer, a commander with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said Saturday.
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ISIS now controls just half a square kilometer in Syria, says SDF

ISIS now controls an area of Syria measuring just half a square kilometer, a commander with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said Saturday.
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Thousands of civilians are still living under ISIS control, SDF commander says

Thousands of civilians remain inside ISIS's last enclave in Syria, a commander with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Friday.
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Operation to end last IS Syria pocket hits evacuation snag

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which has steadily driven the jihadists down the Euphrates, has surrounded them at Baghouz near the Iraqi border, but does not want to mount a final attack until all civilians are out. Iraqi sources said the SDF handed over more then 150 Iraqi and other foreign jihadists to Iraq on Thursday, under a deal involving a total of 502. The SDF had expected to pull the last civilians from Baghouz on Thursday, but trucks it sent in left empty.
Tags: News, Iraq, Syria, SDF, Euphrates, U S backed Syrian Democratic Forces SDF, Baghouz


U.S.-backed SDF hand Iraqi, foreign Islamic State fighters to Iraq

U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) handed over more than 150 Iraqi and other foreign Islamic State fighters to Iraq on Thursday. "The majority of the fighters are Iraqi," said a military colonel whose unit is stationed at the Syrian border. "But we have a few foreigners." The mayor of Iraqi border town Al-Qaim, Ahmed al-Mahallawi, said some fighters' families were also transferred.
Tags: News, Islamic State, Iraq, SDF, U S backed Syrian Democratic Forces SDF, Al Qaim Ahmed al Mahallawi


Islamic State nears defeat in last Syrian enclave

More than 2,000 civilians left the village of Baghouz in a convoy of dozens of trucks. Coalition warplanes could be seen overhead and the sounds of intermittent gunbattles could be heard from the area, which is completely surrounded by the SDF. "The terrorists are entrenched inside, still betting on ending it militarily," said Mustafa Bali, head of the SDF media office.
Tags: News, Islamic State, SDF, Mustafa Bali, Baghouz


Trucks carrying women, children leave IS Syria redoubt

At least 10 trucks carrying men, women and children left the Islamic State group's last redoubt in eastern Syria on Wednesday, in a sign a final assault may be approaching. The convoy passed a position of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces after leaving the last IS holdout in the village of Baghouz, near the Iraqi border. AFP correspondents at the SDF staging point outside Baghouz saw children, including young girls wearing veils, inside the trucks with men and veiled women.
Tags: News, Islamic State, US, Syria, Afp, SDF, Syrian Democratic Forces, Baghouz


Dozens of civilians, fighters quit Syria jihadist holdout: SDF

US-backed forces said several jihadists and dozens of civilians quit the Islamic State group's last patch of territory in Syria Tuesday, and warned remaining fighters should surrender or face death. Backed by air strikes by the US-led coalition, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have trapped the jihadists in a segment of Baghhouz village that is less than half a square kilometre (a fifth of a square mile). "Dozens of civilians and some fighters have handed themselves over", SDF spokesma...
Tags: News, Islamic State, US, Syria, SDF, Syrian Democratic Forces, Al Omar, Baghhouz, Adnan Afrin


Islamic State steps up guerrilla attacks in Syria: SDF

Islamic State has stepped up guerrilla attacks against U.S.-backed fighters in eastern Syria, pointing to the threat the jihadists will pose even after they lose their last enclave there, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Tuesday. The U.S.-backed SDF is on the brink of defeating Islamic State (IS) in its last pocket in eastern Syria, the village of Baghouz, where it estimates a few hundred Islamic State fighters and about 2,000 civilians are under siege. Islamic State militants have i...
Tags: News, Islamic State, Syria, SDF, Syrian Democratic Forces SDF, Mustafa Bali, Baghouz


Donald Trump demands Britain puts jihadists on trial as Isil makes desperate last stand

Donald Trump has demanded Britain and its continental neighbours repatriate their captured Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters and put them on trial - or face the terrorists being set free to "permeate Europe." In a strongly-worded message tweeted late on Saturday night, the US president warned he would have little choice but to release approximately 800 "jihadists" currently held by American-backed Kurdish forces in Syria. He said now was the time for the ant-Isil coalition partners t...
Tags: Europe, UK, Isis, News, Washington, Isil, Iraq, Time, US, Syria, Britain, United States, British Army, Andrew Marr, Richard Dannatt, Donald Trump


Battle to oust IS from last bastion in Syria

Since February 9 the Arab-Kurdish alliance of the Syrian Democratic Forces backed by the US have been on an offensive against the last dregs of the Islamic State group in Syria. - February 9: The SDF announces it has begun the "decisive battle" to take the last scrap of territory from the Islamic State group -- a tiny patch of four-square-kilometres (one-square-mile) in eastern Syria. Up to 600 jihadists are believed to remain inside, according to the alliance, along with several hundreds of c...
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In Syria's Baghouz, dying palms and a wilting IS 'caliphate'

The wilted palms and pomegranate trees at the entrance to Baghouz were struggling to survive, much like diehard Islamic State group fighters in the Syrian village. "The SDF were here," read a spray-painted Arabic message on a one-storey house. Atop a building captured by the SDF, a fighter peered out at columns of smoke from fresh bombardment.
Tags: News, Islamic State, Syria, SDF, Baghouz


ISIS now controls just 700 square meters in Syria, says SDF

ISIS now controls an area of Syria measuring just 700 square meters, a commander with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said Saturday.
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ISIS now controls just 700 square meters in Syria, says SDF

ISIS now controls an area of Syria measuring just 700 square meters, a commander with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said Saturday.
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Shamima Begum: What could happen to the Isil bride?

The way the Government has dealt with those returning to the UK from the Middle East having been involved with terrorist groups has always been a scrutinised subject.  The Shamima Begum case has prompted fresh discussions over how Britain manages those returning or attempting to come back from Syria, once gripped by the tyranny of Islamic State (Isil). Ms Begum was one of three schoolgirls, along with Kadiza Sultana and Amira Abase, from Bethnal Green Academy who left the UK in February 2015. Sh...
Tags: UK, London, News, Guantanamo, Guantanamo Bay, Islamic State, Isil, Iraq, US, Turkey, Syria, Britain, United States, Middle East, Un, Telegraph


US-Led Coalition Strikes Mosque In Syria Used By Islamic State As Command Hub

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition says it has hit a mosque used by the Islamic State group as a command and control center in eastern Syria. The coalition said Tuesday it launched the strike in support of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, who are fighting to drive the extremists from their last tiny stronghold near the border with Iraq. It said the strike occurred Monday as IS was using the mosque to direct attacks and employ suicide car bombs against the SDF. The coalition’s deput...
Tags: Isis, News, Islamic State, Iraq, US, Syria, Ap, Beirut, SDF, Syrian Democratic Forces, Kate Riga, Christopher Ghika, Islamic State As Command Hub


Video shows CNN team near crossfire in eastern Syria

CNN's Ben Wedeman traveled with a convoy of 700 Baghouz residents leaving their location after heavy crossfire and explosions can be heard and seen nearby in Eastern Syria. In exclusive video, an ISIS counter attack caused SDF troops to pull back, prompting the team to relocate.
Tags: Isis, News, Syria, Cnn, Stories, SDF, Eastern Syria, Ben Wedeman


Coalition warplanes hit last Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria

Coalition jets roared overhead as columns of white smoke rose from the Islamic State-held Baghouz area a short distance from the Iraqi border, a Reuters witness said. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which have driven Islamic State (IS) from swathes of northern and eastern Syria with U.S.-led coalition support, launched an offensive on Saturday to capture the enclave in Deir al-Zor province. The jihadists are putting up stiff resistance and had sought to counter-attack again on Monday morni...
Tags: Science, Islamic State, Syria, Reuters, SDF, Deir al Zor, Syrian Democratic Forces SDF, Mustafa Bali, Baghouz


US-backed fighters close in on last IS-held village in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — A spokesman for U.S.-backed Syrian forces says they have captured 41 positions held by Islamic State group militants and destroyed their fortifications in the last tiny pocket they hold in eastern Syria. Mustafa Bali, spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, says advances were made overnight and on Sunday. The SDF launched […]
Tags: News, Islamic State, US, Syria, Ap, Nation, Beirut, SDF, Syrian Democratic Forces, Syria Mustafa Bali


U.S.-backed Syrian fighters advance in clashes with Islamic State: official

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have seized ground from Islamic State in a fierce battle to capture its last enclave in eastern Syria, an SDF official said on Sunday. The SDF, backed by a U.S.-led coalition, began the assault on Saturday, seeking to wipe out the last remnants of the jihadist group's "caliphate" in the SDF's area of operations in eastern and northern Syria. Islamic State (IS) also still retains territory in the part of Syria that is mostly under the control of t...
Tags: Science, Islamic State, Syria, SDF, U S backed Syrian Democratic Forces SDF, Syria Islamic State IS


US-backed Syrian forces launch attack on final Isis stronghold

Offensive launched against scores of besieged Isis fighters after 20,000 civilians evacuatedUS-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian forces have launched a final push to defeat the Islamic State group in the last tiny pocket the extremists hold in eastern Syria.The Syrian Democratic Forces spokesman Mustafa Bali tweeted the offensive began on Saturday after more than 20,000 civilians were evacuated from the Isis-held area in the eastern province of Deir el-Zor. An SDF statement said the offensive was fo...
Tags: Isis, Islamic State, US, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, SDF, Deir, Syrian Democratic Forces, Mustafa Bali, Baghuz Continue


U.S.-backed Syrian forces in 'final battle' against IS

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces began an assault against the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Saturday, aiming to wipe out the last vestige of the jihadist group's "caliphate" in the SDF's area of operations. Gavino Garay.
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U.S.-backed Syrian force launches 'final battle' against Islamic State

President Donald Trump, who is planning to pull U.S. forces out of Syria, said on Wednesday he expected an announcement as early as next week that the U.S.-led coalition operating in support of the SDF had reclaimed all the territory previously held by the jihadist group. The enclave is close to the Iraqi border and comprises two villages, though Islamic State (IS) also still has territory in the part of Syria that is mostly under the control of the Russian- and Iranian-backed Syrian government...
Tags: Science, Islamic State, Syria, Donald Trump, Reuters, SDF, Mustafa Bali


SDF will attack IS Syria enclave once civilians out: official

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is poised to attack the last Islamic State (IS) enclave in its area of operations once civilians still inside have been evacuated, an SDF official said. The besieged Islamic State enclave centered around Baghouz on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River represents the jihadist group's last territorial foothold in the part of Syria where the U.S.-backed forces have been fighting it.
Tags: News, Islamic State, Syria, SDF, Euphrates River, U S backed Syrian Democratic Forces SDF, Baghouz


US-backed Syrian fighters capture German jihadi

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian fighters say they have captured three foreign members of the Islamic State group, including a German jihadi. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said in a statement Monday that they had detained a German citizen, who has adopted a jihadi alias, on Feb. 1. The SDF says it also detained a […]
Tags: News, Islamic State, US, Ap, Nation, Beirut, SDF, Syrian Democratic Forces


Donald Trump warns Turkey of economic devastation if Kurdish forces attacked

Donald Trump warned Turkey on Sunday of economic devastation if it attacks Kurdish forces in the wake of the US troop pullout from Syria, while also urging the Kurds not to "provoke" Ankara. The US President  took to Twitter to reveal some of his latest thoughts in the slow drip-drip of information being released by his administration after his surprise December announcement of the troop withdrawal. His top diplomat Mike Pompeo is on a whirlwind regional tour aimed at reassuring allies amid risi...
Tags: Isis, News, Washington, Islamic State, US, Turkey, Syria, Britain, United Nations, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Donald Trump, Trump, Ankara, Reuters, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Abdel Rahman


U.S.-backed Syrian force: Islamic State in 'its final moments'

A defeat of the jihadists in the enclave would wipe out Islamic State's territorial foothold on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River. A spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition said the SDF were making "great progress ... but the fight continues". The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a coalition of militias led by the Kurdish YPG, have driven Islamic State from a swathe of northern and eastern Syria with the help of the U.S.-led coalition over the last four years.
Tags: News, Islamic State, Syria, SDF, Euphrates River, The Syrian Democratic Forces SDF


US withdrawal from Syria begins after contradictory messages from John Bolton and Mike Pompeo

US troops have begun withdrawing from Syria, compounding weeks of confusion over Donald Trump’s policy in the Middle East and raising fears over the fate of America’s Kurdish allies.  The US-led coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) confirmed on Friday that the military had started the “deliberate withdrawal” of the roughly 2,000 American troops in Syria.  The military would not give any detail of the overall timetable for the American withdrawal nor which positions U...
Tags: News, Islamic State, Iraq, Russia, US, America, Turkey, Syria, Middle East, Erdogan, Bolton, Donald Trump, Damascus, US Marines, Trump, Hasakah


Turkey's Erdogan warns US of 'grave mistake' in making conditions for Syria withdrawal

Turkey’s president has warned the US it has made a "grave mistake" asking for protection for Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State in Syria and threatened once again to launch an assault against them. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who considers the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) terrorists, said Turkey would “not make concessions” and said preparations for an offensive were nearly complete. "John Bolton has made a grave mistake on this issue,” a furious Mr Erdogan told parliament as the US na...
Tags: UK, News, Islamic State, Isil, US, Turkey, Syria, Nato, Middle East, Erdogan, Bolton, Donald Trump, Trump, Ankara, Afp, State


IS counterattack in east Syria leaves 32 dead: monitor

Die-hard jihadists defending their last bastions in eastern Syria used the cover of bad weather to launch a vain but deadly counterattack against Kurdish-led fighters. The Islamic State group was unable to hold on to the positions they attacked but the assault killed 23 members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and also left nine jihadists dead. IS fighters took advantage of poor visibility to unleash suicide attackers on SDF forces along the front line in the Euphrates valley la...
Tags: News, Islamic State, US, Syria, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, SDF, Euphrates, Syrian Democratic Forces SDF