Euphrates - updates

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Iraqis use budding ecotourism to save marshes

May 25, 2019 - 6:29 PM

Straddling Iraq's famous Tigris and Euphrates rivers, the Mesopotamian marshes are a rare aquatic ecosystem in a country nearly half of which is covered in cracked desert. Legend has it, they were home to the biblical Garden of Eden.

This picture taken on March 29, 2019 shows a floating palm reed-woven house for tourists in the marshes of the southern Iraqi district of Chibayish in Dhi Qar province, about 120 kilometres northwest of the southern city of Basra. Thirty years after Saddam Hussein starved them of water, Iraq's southern marshes are blossoming once more thanks to a wave of ecotourists picnicking and paddling down their replenished river bends. Hussein FALEH / AFP

Syria force combs last ISIS hideouts in Baghouz

Mar 21, 2019 - 11:24 PM

Syrian Democratic Forces spokesman Mustefa Bali says a victory announcement would be premature

LAST JIHADISTS. Smoke rises in the Islamic State group's last remaining position on the eastern banks of the Euphrates River (C) in the village of Baghouz during battles with the Syrian Democratic Forces, in the countryside of the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor, on March 18, 2019. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Erdogan: Turkish army close to taking ISIS-held town

Feb 12, 2017 - 11:55 PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says it is only a matter of time before the alliance of Turkish forces and rebels takes control of Al Bab

Turkey-backed-opposition fighters advance in an armoured personnel carrier on the western outskirts of the northern Syrian city of al-Bab in a bid to enter the city and retake control of it from the Islamic State (IS) group on February 9, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Saleh ABO GHALOUN

Battle for ISIS-held Mosul nears ancient site

Nov 11, 2016 - 12:45 AM

Troops and allied militia are moving forward on two villages close to ancient Nimrud

Iraqi forces flash the V-sign from their vehicle as they hold a position near the village of Arbid on the southern outskirts of Mosul on November 9, 2016, during the ongoing military operation to retake Mosul from the Islamic State (IS) group. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

Coalition strike 'kills 20 civilians' near ISIS-held Raqa

Nov 10, 2016 - 1:35 PM

The Syrian Democratic Forces the militia alliance that Washington is supporting in the assault denies the civilian deaths

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance, are seen near the Syrian town of Ain Issa, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of Raqa, the Islamic State group (IS)'s de facto Syrian capital, after the SDF alliance launched an offencive to retake the IS stronghold, on November 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / DELIL SOULEIMAN

US-backed forces launch assault on Syrian ISIS 'capital'

Nov 07, 2016 - 12:55 AM

The operation to liberate Raqa dubbed Wrath of the Euphrates involves some 30 000 fighters

Jihan Sheikh Ahmed (C), a spokeswoman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), holds a press conference in the town of Ain Issa, some 50 kilometres north of Raqa, on November 6, 2016, to announce that the US-backed alliance has began a long-awaited operation to capture the Islamic State group's de facto Syrian capital Raqa. "The major battle to liberate Raqa and its surroundings has begun," Jihan Sheikh Ahmed said at the press conference in Ain Issa. The operation, dubbed "The Wrath of the Euphrates," comes as Iraqi forces backed by the US-led coalition press an assault to take the jihadist group's Iraqi stronghold of Mosul. / AFP PHOTO / DELIL SOULEIMAN

Turkey extends mandate for troops in Iraq, Syria

Oct 02, 2016 - 1:07 AM

Using the existing mandate Turkey on August 24 launched an unprecedented operation inside Syria dubbed Euphrates Shield to back pro Ankara rebels fighting

Erdogan rejects claims US-backed Kurds have retreated

Sep 02, 2016 - 9:30 AM

The Turkey Kurdish fight is yet another complication in the tangled civil war that is ravaging Syria as both Turkey and the US seek to retake territory from Islamic State jihadists by supporting different proxy groups

TURKISH PRESIDENT. Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a press conference at the end of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey on May 24, 2016. File photo by Sedat Suna/EPA

More Turkish tanks head across border into Syria

Aug 25, 2016 - 3:46 PM

This comes a day after pro Ankara Syrian opposition fighters ousted jihadists from the town of Jarabulus

Turkey launches anti-ISIS operation in Syria

Aug 24, 2016 - 4:31 PM

Turkey s army backed by international coalition air strikes launches an operation involving fighter jets and tanks to drive Islamic State ISIS jihadists out of a key Syrian border town

TOWARD THE BORDER. This picture taken on August 24, 2016 shows a Turkish army tank driving towards Syria in the Turkish-Syrian border city of Karkamis, in the southern region of Gaziantep. Bulent Kilic/AFP

Iraq forces face IS resistance but US says Tikrit will fall

Mar 07, 2015 - 8:25 PM

The US military announces that a string of 26 air strikes over two weeks had succeeded in forcing IS out of a small town near a large Iraqi base in western Iraq where US advisers are stationed

FIGHTING VS IS. Iraqi soldiers stand on a damaged tank during fighting against IS militants near Tikrit, northern Iraq, February 24, 2015. Photo by EPA/Ali Mohammed

Dozens killed in Syria, watchdog to probe chlorine claims

Apr 30, 2014 - 12:18 PM

The regime and rebels have blamed each other for using chlorine in at least one attack

ALMOST THERE. Syria's chemical weapons are due to be destroyed by June 30. A majority of storage and productions sites are now closed, according to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical and the United Nations. File photo by Evert-Jan Daniels/EPA