Troops celebrate as US-backed force seizes IS camp in Syria

Created by Associated Press at 19-03-2019 18:03:00 +0000

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian forces on Tuesday seized control of an encampment held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, after hundreds of militants surrendered overnight, a...

Battle ongoing for Islamic state's last Syria enclave: SDF spokesman

Created by Reuters at 19-03-2019 17:23:06 +0000

The battle for Islamic State's final scrap of territory at Baghouz in eastern Syria is ongoing and clashes continue, Mustafa Bali, the head of the media office of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces told Reuters on Tuesday.

5 ISIS fighters captured for alleged role in Syria blast that killed 4 Americans

Created by ABC News at 19-03-2019 13:10:00 +0000

Five ISIS fighters allegedly linked to the deadly blast in Manbij, Syria, last January that killed four Americans have been captured by U.S.-backed Kurdish forces.

The Latest: IS suspects in killing of 4 Americans captured

Created by Associated Press at 19-03-2019 12:41:38 +0000

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local):2:40 p.m.A spokesman for U.S.-backed forces fighting the Islamic State group in Syria says they have...

Isis caliphate on brink of defeat as Syrian forces take control of jihadist tent city

Created by Independent at 19-03-2019 12:05:49 +0000

Syrian Democratic Forces say battle will be over soon

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ISIS fighters linked to January attack on Americans detained

Created by CNN at 19-03-2019 12:03:09 +0000

US-backed forces in Syria have captured a handful of ISIS fighters linked to the January suicide attack in Manbij, Syria, that killed four Americans, according to a US defense official.

U.S.-backed forces enter ISIS' last stronghold in Syria

Created by CBS News at 19-03-2019 11:26:41 +0000

The battle to clear ISIS from its last stronghold in Syria entered a critical new phase. For more than two months, Charlie D'Agata has been reporting from the frontlines of eastern Syria where U.S.-backed forces are making what they hope is the final move aga…

U.S., Allies Capture Islamic State Fighters Tied to Killing of Four Americans

Created by The Wall Street Journal at 19-03-2019 11:00:00 +0000

U.S. officials and their allies in Syria have detained several Islamic State fighters who they believe were responsible for the deadliest attack against American forces since U.S. ground troops first arrived there in 2015.

Islamic State loses big part of enclave, SDF sees defeat 'very soon'

Created by Reuters at 19-03-2019 10:27:46 +0000

U.S.-backed Syrian forces said they were close to capturing Islamic State's last territorial possession in eastern Syria on Monday after seizing the jihadists' camp at Baghouz, though clashes continued with some remaining militants.

US-backed force says it's in control of IS Syria encampment

Created by Associated Press at 19-03-2019 10:11:18 +0000

BEIRUT (AP) — A spokesman for U.S.-backed forces fighting the Islamic State group in Syria says his fighters are in control of an encampment in the village of Baghouz where IS militants have been...

U.S.-backed SDF detains hundreds of wounded Islamic State fighters

Created by Reuters at 19-03-2019 09:51:25 +0000

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) detained hundreds of wounded Islamic State militants on Tuesday when they captured a camp where the jihadists had been holed up in their final enclave in eastern Syria, an SDF official told Reuters.

Islamic State to be defeated in Syria enclave 'very soon': SDF official

Created by Reuters at 19-03-2019 09:37:16 +0000

The last remaining Islamic State militants holed up in their enclave at Baghouz in Syria will be defeated "very soon", an official with the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) told Reuters on Tuesday.

U.S.-backed SDF says captures Islamic State camp but fight not over

Created by Reuters at 19-03-2019 09:28:52 +0000

U.S.-backed fighters said they took a big step towards eradicating Islamic State's last territorial possession in eastern Syria on Monday, seizing the jihadist camp at Baghouz and cornering remaining fighters against the Euphrates river.

Why U.S. Involvement in the Middle East Might Be Long-Term

Created by The Wall Street Journal at 19-03-2019 08:30:00 +0000

Just months after President Trump said the U.S. would withdraw from Syria, U.S. officials may be planning to keep nearly 1,000 forces in the country. Why this shift in policy? WSJ's Gerald F. Seib explains. Photo: Getty

Iraq-Syria-Iran hold 'tripartite' meeting against U.S. in Syria

Created by The Jerusalem Post at 19-03-2019 08:04:38 +0000

“We have shown our unity in this war and fighting together against enemies,” Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said, according to Iran’s Tasnim news.

U.S.-backed SDF says it captured 157 militants, mostly foreigners

Created by Reuters at 19-03-2019 08:01:19 +0000

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia besieging Islamic State's last enclave in eastern Syria said on Tuesday it had captured "157 experienced terrorists, mostly foreign nationals".

Syrian Kurds accuse Assad of policy of 'oppression and violence'

Created by Reuters at 19-03-2019 08:01:05 +0000

The Syrian government's threat to recover the Kurdish-led region of northern Syria through force unless it submits to state rule shows Damascus is determined to pursue a policy of "oppression and violence", the Kurdish-led administration said.

Heavy fighting in IS stronghold in Syria, relief work in cyclone-hit Zimbabwe, and other news in pictures

Created by The Hindu at 19-03-2019 04:53:14 +0000

10.15 amU.S.-backed forces on offensive in IS-held territory in SyriaU.S.-backed fighters said they had taken positions in Islamic State's last enclave in eastern Syria and air strikes pounded the

ISIS vows to keep fighting as final battle in Syria drags on

Created by CBS News at 18-03-2019 23:27:18 +0000

The battle for the last scrap of land held by ISIS has taken longer than expected. The terror group is vowing to fight to the last man in Baghouz. Charlie D'Agata reports from Syria.

U.S.-backed force in Syria claims to hold positions in former-ISIS camp

Created by The Jerusalem Post at 18-03-2019 21:33:31 +0000

Smoke rose over the tiny enclave as warplanes and artillery bombarded it. Another witness said the jihadists had earlier mounted a counter attack.

Iran demands U.S. leave Syria, Damascus threatens its ally

Created by Reuters at 18-03-2019 16:45:05 +0000

Iran and Syria on Monday demanded the United States withdraw its troops from Syria, and the Damascus government threatened to defeat Washington's Kurdish allies by force if they did not submit to the return of state authority.

British actor who joined anti-ISIS fight says he's having trouble gaining re-entry to England, U.S.

Created by Fox News at 18-03-2019 16:38:03 +0000

As the final ISIS enclave in eastern Syria shrinks almost into non-existence – a sign that their last fragment of territorial control that once spawned large chunks of Iraq and Syria is almost over – one western fighter, Michael Enright, who left his Hollywoo…

Syrian, Iranian, Iraqi military chiefs to meet in Damascus: paper

Created by Reuters at 18-03-2019 14:55:17 +0000

The military chiefs of staff of Syria, Iran and Iraq will hold a rare meeting in Damascus to discuss "ways to combat terrorism", the pro-Syrian government al-Watan daily reported on Monday.

The Myth of Western ‘Non-Involvement’ in Syria

Created by The American Conservative at 18-03-2019 14:54:03 +0000

Just as one would expect, the more outside interventions by other governments there were the longer and bloodier the war became.

Turkey hopes Iran, Iraq and Syria will help it strangle the PKK

Created by The Jerusalem Post at 18-03-2019 10:16:44 +0000

On March 6, Turkey and Iran said they were planning to work more closely to confront the PKK.

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Syrian refugees who fled to Turkey face backlash

Created by NBC News at 18-03-2019 09:58:52 +0000

Turkey has the largest refugee population in the world, including more than 3.6 million registered Syrians, according to the U.N.

U.S.-backed force says it has taken positions in Islamic State Syria camp

Created by Reuters at 18-03-2019 07:00:28 +0000

U.S.-backed fighters have taken positions in Islamic State's last enclave in eastern Syria, they said late on Sunday, after pounding the tiny patch of land by the banks of the Euphrates.

Up to 5,000 people are holed up in last Islamic State enclave in Syria

Created by Daily Mail at 18-03-2019 03:18:22 +0000

US-backed forces said thousands of people could still be inside the last Islamic State group enclave in eastern Syria, as they sought to flush out fighters with airstrikes and shelling in Baghouz.

An Illegal War in Syria That Just Won’t End

Created by The American Conservative at 18-03-2019 01:08:11 +0000

At the rate things are going, there will probably be more U.S. troops in Syria at the end of Trump's term than there were at the beginning.

Months after saying US will withdraw, now 1,000 troops in Syria to stay

Created by The Jerusalem Post at 17-03-2019 21:00:12 +0000

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