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Islamic State defeated in its Syrian capital Raqqa after four-month battle - Independent.ie
The fighting was over but the alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias was clearing the stadium of mines and any remaining militants, said Rojda Felat, commander of the Raqqa campaign for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). A formal declaration of victory in Raqqa will soon be made, once the city has been cleared of mines and any possible Islamic State sleeper cells, said Talal Silo, the SDF spokesman   Read More ...
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Raqqa falls to US-backed coalition forces
US-backed militias raised a flag inside Raqqa stadium on Tuesday, as a four-month battle to take Islamic State’s Syrian capital came to an end. The fighting was over but the alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias was clearing the stadium of mines and any remaining hiding militants, said Rojda Felat, commander of the Raqqa campaign for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)   Read More ...
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U.S.-backed force claims capture of Islamic State’s de facto Syrian capital Raqqa
BEIRUT — U.S.-backed forces in Syria claimed Tuesday they had full control of the Islamic State’s onetime capital of Raqqa, suggesting an end to the militants’ presence in their most symbolically important stronghold. Talo Silo, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, said that military operations had halted and that members of the joint Kurdish-Arab force were clearing the city of explosive devices and hunting for sleeping cells   Read More ...
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Islamic State defeated in its Syrian capital Raqqa
RAQQA, Syria (Reuters) - U.S.-backed militias said they had defeated Islamic State in its former capital Raqqa on Tuesday, raising their flags over the jihadist group’s last footholds in the city after a four-month battle. The fighting was over but the alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias was clearing the stadium of mines and any remaining militants, said Rojda Felat, commander of the Raqqa campaign for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)   Read More ...
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Islamic State defeated in its Syrian capital Raqqa
By John Davison and Rodi Said. RAQQA, Syria (Reuters) - U.S.-backed militias said they had defeated Islamic State in its former capital Raqqa on Tuesday, raising their flags over the jihadist group's last footholds in the city after a four-month battle. The fighting was over but the alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias was clearing the stadium of mines and any remaining militants, said Rojda Felat, commander of the Raqqa campaign for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)   Read More ...
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Syrian city of Raqqa liberated from Islamic State: reports
The city of Raqqa has been completely liberated from the Islamic State, the spokesman for a U.S.-backed force in Syria and the the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights activist group said Tuesday. It came after U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led forces captured the city hospital in Raqqa, formerly the extremist group’s de facto capital, leaving the militants holed up at the local stadium. The hospital was one of the group's last holdouts in Raqqa and also served as an ISIS command center   Read More ...
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The Latest: Syrian Kurdish commander says Raqqa freed of IS
BEIRUT – The Latest on developments in Syria as Islamic State militants make their last stand in the city of Raqqa (all times local): A commander with the U.S.-backed Syrian forces battling the Islamic State group says the city of Raqqa has been liberated from Islamic State militants and that combing operations are underway to clear the city of land mines and extremist sleeper cells   Read More ...
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The Latest: Syrian Kurdish commander says Raqqa freed of IS
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria as Islamic State militants make their last stand in the city of Raqqa (all times local): A commander with the U.S.-backed Syrian forces battling the Islamic State group says the city of Raqqa has been liberated from Islamic State militants and that combing operations are underway to clear the city of land mines and extremist sleeper cells   Read More ...
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Charitable aid convoys to Syria ‘abused’ to fund terrorism, regulator warns
It comes after two men were convicted last December of using charity convoys to Syria to funnel thousands of pounds to jihadists. In July 2013, Syed Hoque, of Stoke-on-Trent, and Mashoud Miah, of east London, handed £3,000 ($4,000) to Hoque’s nephew, a member of Al-Nusra Front. It accused the charity Shade of having “little or no due diligence or oversight” after it provided Hoque with an “open ended” letter of credentials which allowed him to travel to Syria   Read More ...
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US-backed forces say have captured Raqa from IS (Updated)
RAQA, Syria: US-backed forces said Tuesday they had retaken the main hospital in Syria's Raqa from the Islamic State group, leaving the jihadists to make a last stand around the city's stadium. The capture of the state hospital brought the Syrian Democratic Forces closer to completing their conquest of Raqa, a northern city that was once the de facto capital of IS-held territory   Read More ...
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Syrian army, allies advance against IS in Deir al-Zor city
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army and allied forces pushed into the remaining Islamic State-held districts of Deir al-Zor city in eastern Syria on Tuesday, a Hezbollah military media unit said. Backed by Russian air power and Iran-backed militias, the Syrian army has been fighting in the city since last month, after breaking an Islamic State siege of an enclave there that had lasted three years   Read More ...
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Syrian Kurdish commander says Raqqa freed of Islamic State militants
A commander with the U.S.-backed Syrian forces battling the Islamic State group says the city of Raqqa has been liberated from Islamic State militants and that combing operations are underway to clear the city of land mines and extremist sleeper cells. Brig. Gen. Talal Sillo told The Associated Press on Tuesday that there are no longer clashes going on in the city   Read More ...
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ISIS completely driven out of their Syrian capital Raqqa
A commander with the U.S.-backed Syrian forces battling the Islamic State says the city of Raqqa has been liberated from ISIS militants and combing operations are underway to clear the city of landmines and extremist sleeper cells.Brig. Gen. Talal Sillo told The Associated Press on Tuesday that there are no longer clashes going on in the city. Sillo says a formal declaration will follow befitting “the fall of the capital of terrorism   Read More ...
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PM to Russian defense minister: Israel won’t allow Iranian presence in Syria
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian defense chief Sergei Shoigu on Tuesday that Israel will not tolerate the presence of Iran on its borders, his office said. Netanyahu also repeated his view that without a renegotiation of the Iran nuclear deal, the Islamic Republic would be in possession of an atomic weapon within the next decade. Shoigu arrived in Israel on Monday for his first official visit   Read More ...
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The Latest: Syrian Kurdish commander says Raqqa freed of IS
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria as Islamic State militants make their last stand in the city of Raqqa (all times local): A commander with the U.S.-backed Syrian forces battling the Islamic State group says the city of Raqqa has been liberated from Islamic State militants and that combing operations are underway to clear the city of land mines and extremist sleeper cells   Read More ...
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In Syria's Raqqah, Islamic State makes last stand at stadium
U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led forces battling Islamic State in Syria captured the hospital in Raqqah on Tuesday, leaving Islamic State militants holed up at the city stadium, their last stand in the fight over what was once the extremists' de facto capital. The hospital was one of Islamic State’s last holdouts in Raqqah and had doubled as a command center. Its capture left militants cornered in and around the notorious municipal stadium, which they had turned into a huge prison for anyone who opposed their brutal rule   Read More ...
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In Syria's Raqqa, IS makes last stand at city's stadium
BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led forces battling the Islamic State group in Syria captured the city hospital in Raqqa on Tuesday, leaving IS militants holed up at the local stadium, their last stand in the fight over what was once the extremists' de facto capital. The hospital was one of IS last holdouts in Raqqa and had doubled as a hospital and an IS command center   Read More ...
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Netanyahu says Israel won't tolerate Iran presence in Syria
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's leader is warning Iran that he will not tolerate an Iranian military presence in Syria. Benjamin Netanyahu says his meeting with visiting Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu on Tuesday focused mostly on Iran's efforts to establish a presence next door. Netanyahu says that "Iran has to understand that Israel will not allow this." The meeting comes a day after Israel destroyed a Russian-made, anti-aircraft missile launcher that took aim at its planes   Read More ...
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SDF captures Syria's Raqqa city from ISIL
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab forces backed by the United States have announced the capture of Raqqa after a four-month operation to drive out ISIL. SDF spokesmen announced the takeover of the strategic Syrian city on Tuesday after a final battle at a sports stadium where Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters made their final stand   Read More ...
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ISIS loses hospital in Raqqa; makes last stand at stadium
BEIRUT - U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led forces battling the Islamic State group in Syria captured the city hospital in Raqqa on Tuesday, leaving IS militants holed up at the local stadium, their last stand in the fight over what was once the extremists’ de facto capital. The hospital was one of IS last holdouts in Raqqa and had doubled as a hospital and an IS command center   Read More ...
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Netanyahu says Israel won't tolerate Iran presence in Syria
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's leader is warning Iran that he will not tolerate an Iranian military presence in Syria. Benjamin Netanyahu says his meeting with visiting Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu on Tuesday focused mostly on Iran's efforts to establish a presence next door. Netanyahu says that "Iran has to understand that Israel will not allow this." The meeting comes a day after Israel destroyed a Russian-made, anti-aircraft missile launcher that took aim at its planes   Read More ...
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Islamic State defeated in their Syrian capital Raqqa
The fighting was over but the alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias was clearing the stadium of mines and any remaining hiding militants, said Rojda Felat, commander of the Raqqa campaign for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). A war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said Islamic State was now completely cleared from the city. The fall of Raqqa city, where Islamic State staged euphoric parades after its string of lightning victories in 2014, is a potent symbol of the jihadist movement’s collapsing fortunes   Read More ...
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Raqqa: Isis completely driven out of Syria 'capital' by US-backed forces
US-backed militias have completely taken Isis' de facto capital, Raqqa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday, in a major symbolic blow to the jihadist group. The fall of Raqqa, where Isis staged euphoric parades after its string of lightning victories in 2014, is a potent symbol of the movement's collapsing fortunes. The city was used as a base for the group to plan attacks abroad   Read More ...
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Raqqa falls, Islamic State cleared from Syrian city: Monitoring group
US-backed militias have completely taken Syria’s Raqqa from Islamic State, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday. The fall of Raqqa city, where Islamic State staged euphoric parades after its string of lightning victories in 2014, is a potent symbol of the jihadist movement’s collapsing fortunes. From the city, the group planned attacks abroad. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias backed by a US-led international alliance, has been fighting Islamic State inside Raqqa since June   Read More ...
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Report: Islamic State cleared from Syria's Raqqa
BEIRUT - US-backed militias have completely taken Syria's Raqqa from Islamic State, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias backed by a US-led international alliance, has been fighting Islamic State inside Raqqa since June.   Read More ...
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Islamic State cleared from Syria's Raqqa
RAQQA, Syria - US-backed militias have completely taken Syria's Raqqa from Islamic State, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday.The fall of Raqqa city, where Islamic State staged euphoric parades after its string of lightning victories in 2014, is a potent symbol of the jihadist movement's collapsing fortunes. From the city, the group planned attacks abroad. Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page   Read More ...
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Islamic State cleared from Syria's Raqqa: monitoring group
RAQQA, Syria (Reuters) - U.S.-backed militias have completely taken Syria’s Raqqa from Islamic State, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday. The fall of Raqqa city, where Islamic State staged euphoric parades after its string of lightning victories in 2014, is a potent symbol of the jihadist movement’s collapsing fortunes. From the city, the group planned attacks abroad. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias backed by a U   Read More ...
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In Syria's Raqqa, IS makes last stand at city's stadium
BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led forces battling the Islamic State group in Syria on Tuesday captured the city hospital in Raqqa, leaving IS militants holed up at the local stadium, their last stand in the fight over what was once the extremists' de facto capital. The hospital was one of IS last holdouts in Raqqa and had doubled as a hospital and an IS command center   Read More ...
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U.S.-backed Syrian militias raise flag in Raqqa stadium
RAQQA, Syria (Reuters) - U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) raised a militia flag inside Raqqa stadium on Tuesday, one of the last remaining areas that were held by Islamic State in its former capital, a Reuters witness said. The flag of the Kurdish YPG, the strongest of the militias in the SDF, was planted in the middle of the stadium, where fighting had ended, but which had not been fully cleared of landmines, militia fighters told the witness   Read More ...
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Islamic State in Raqqa mounts last stand
RAQQA, Syria (Reuters) - U.S.-backed militias will capture Islamic State's last foothold in the jihadists' former Syrian capital of Raqqa within hours, a militia spokesman said on Tuesday. A Reuters witness said the fighting appeared to be almost at an end, with only sporadic bursts of gunfire. Militia fighters celebrated in the streets and chanted slogans from their vehicles. A local field commander said no Islamic State fighters remained even in their two remaining city strongholds   Read More ...
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US-backed Syrian militias raise flag in Raqqa stadium
US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) raised a militia flag inside Raqqa stadium on Tuesday, one of the last remaining areas that were held by Islamic State in its former capital, a Reuters witness said. The flag of the Kurdish YPG, the strongest of the militias in the SDF, was planted in the middle of the stadium, where fighting had ended, but which had not been fully cleared of landmines, militia fighters told the witness   Read More ...
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Netanyahu to Russian defense minister: Israel won't allow Iranian presence in Syria
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told visiting Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Tuesday that Israel will not allow a permanent military presence in Syria.Netanyahu's comment came a day after Israel's destruction of an SA-5 anti aircraft battery in Syria. Both Russia and Iran are key backers of Syrian President Bashar Assad. According to a statement put out by the Prime Minister's Office, most of the meeting dealt with Iranian efforts to set up a military permanent presence in Syria   Read More ...
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Islamic State in Raqqa mounts last stand
RAQQA, Syria (Reuters) - U.S.-backed militias will capture Islamic State’s last foothold in the jihadists’ former Syrian capital of Raqqa within hours, a militia spokesman said on Tuesday. A local field commander said no Islamic State fighters remained even in their two remaining city strongholds. Fighting on Monday night and Tuesday has focused on Raqqa’s National Hospital and the nearby city stadium, two central positions in which it was well entrenched   Read More ...
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In Syrian city of Raqqa, IS loses hospital, another holdout
BEIRUT – The U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led forces battling the Islamic State group in Syria say they have captured the city hospital in Raqqa, which served as an IS headquarters. The facility was one of the militants' last holdouts in Raqqa and had doubled as a hospital and an IS command center. The capture of the hospital on Tuesday leaves IS militants cornered in and around the notorious municipal stadium in Raqqa, once the group's de facto capital   Read More ...
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In Syrian city of Raqqa, IS loses hospital, another holdout
BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led forces battling the Islamic State group in Syria say they have captured the city hospital in Raqqa, which served as an IS headquarters. The facility was one of the militants' last holdouts in Raqqa and had doubled as a hospital and an IS command center. The capture of the hospital on Tuesday leaves IS militants cornered in and around the notorious municipal stadium in Raqqa, once the group's de facto capital   Read More ...
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Islamic State in Raqqa mounts last stand around city stadium
RAQQA, Syria (Reuters) - U.S.-backed militias said on Tuesday they are battling Islamic State around Raqqa stadium, the jihadists’ last foothold in their former Syrian capital, after seizing a nearby hospital. The fall of Raqqa city, where Islamic State staged euphoric parades after its string of lightning victories in 2014, and from which it planned attacks abroad, is a potent symbol of the jihadist movement’s collapsing fortunes   Read More ...
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In Syrian city of Raqqa, IS loses hospital, another holdout
BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led forces battling the Islamic State group in Syria say they have captured the city hospital in Raqqa, which served as an IS headquarters. The facility was one of the militants' last holdouts in Raqqa and had doubled as a hospital and an IS command center. The capture of the hospital on Tuesday leaves IS militants cornered in and around the notorious municipal stadium in Raqqa, once the group's de facto capital   Read More ...
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U.S.-backed Syrian Militias Approach Last Major ISIS-held Position in Raqqa
The SDF, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias, take the National Hospital, one of the last remaining ISIS bastions in its former Syrian capital.   Read More ...
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"I simply love killing": Outed British mercenary fighting ISIS in Syria says toll of 26 dead militants "isn't enough"
A British ex-Army mercenary fighting ISIS in Kurdish areas of Syria has boasted he has personally killed 26 militants - but it's "not enough yet". The hired gun, a former soldier who "simply loves killing", has reportedly been fighting for the Kurds against "enemy" groups for four years. But he was also jailed for doing so on trips back to the UK, according to a Russian report, which pictured him but did not reveal his name   Read More ...
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US-backed Syrian militias say they take major Raqqa position from ISIS
The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has taken the National Hospital in Raqqa, one of Islamic State's last remaining bastions in its former Syrian capital, a militia spokesman said on Tuesday.The SDF, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias, is now fighting Islamic State in the area around Raqqa stadium, said the spokesman Mostafa Bali in a message. "During these clashes, the National Hospital was liberated and cleared from the Daesh mercenaries, and 22 of these foreign mercenaries were killed there," said Bali   Read More ...
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