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Syria jihadists trapped in last square kilometer

Feb 14, 2019 - 10:51 PM

'The fighting is fierce,' says Adnan Afrin, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces

BAGHOUZ. A military vehicle with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces rides during an operation to expel Islamic State group jihadists from the Baghouz area in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor on February 13, 2019. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

ISIS defends last Syria redoubt, as family members flee

Feb 14, 2019 - 1:35 AM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the Syrian Democratic Forces fighters are making painstaking progress

U.S.-backed Syrian forces battle to take last ISIS pocket

Feb 11, 2019 - 10:47 PM

More than 4 years after the extremists declared a 'caliphate' across large parts of Syria and neighboring Iraq, several offensives have whittled that proto-state down to a tiny holdout

LAST POCKET. Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces walk in the front line village of Baghouz in the countryside of the eastern Syrian Deir Ezzor province, on the border with Iraq, on February 2, 2019. FILE Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Kurd-led forces overrun last ISIS-held village in Syria – monitor

Jan 23, 2019 - 7:20 PM

(UPDATED) 'Search operations are continuing in Baghouz to find any IS fighters who are still hiding,' says Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

SYRIAN DEMOCRATIC FORCES. This file photo shows fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces attending the funeral of a local official that the SDF say was assassinated in a Kurdish-held area in the countryside of Deir Ezzor, in the Syrian Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli on December 31, 2018. File photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Suicide attack on Kurdish-U.S. convoy in Syria 'kills 5'

Jan 21, 2019 - 10:21 PM

The assault, claimed by ISIS jihadists, comes less than a week after another deadly attack on US forces in Syria, and a month after Washington announced a US troop pullout from the war-torn country

ANOTHER ATTACK. An image grab taken from a video published by Hawar News Agency (ANHA) on January 21, 2019, shows the scene of a suicide car bomb attack on a military convoy on a road in Syria's northeastern Hasakeh province, which killed 5 members of a Kurdish-led force accompanying US-led coalition troops. AFP PHOTO / HO / ANHA

ISIS counterattack in east Syria leaves 32 dead

Jan 08, 2019 - 8:52 PM

Using the bad weather as a cover, the Islamic State group launches a vain but deadly counter-attack against Kurdish-led fighters

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 30, 2018, shows a line of US military vehicles in Syria's northern city of Manbij. US President Donald Trump on January 7, 2019 sought to end fears of an abrupt US pullout from Syria, saying the fight against the Islamic State group was not over and that withdrawal would be done in a "prudent" manner."We will be leaving at a proper pace while at the same time continuing to fight ISIS and doing all else that is prudent and necessary!" Trump tweeted.  Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP

Trump plans full withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria

Dec 19, 2018 - 11:52 PM

The US president tweets: 'We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency'

TRUMP AND MEDICAID. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the South Florida Fair Expo Center on October 13, 2016 in West Palm Beach, Florida. File photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

U.S.-backed forces retake ISIS hub in east Syria – monitor

Dec 14, 2018 - 4:07 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the Syrian Democratic Forces have secured Hajin, the largest settlement in what is the last pocket of territory controlled by the Islamic State group

SDF. Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces attend the funeral a fellow fighter killed in the town of Hajin during battles against the Islamic State group, in the Kurdish-controlled city of Qamishly in northeastern Syria, on December 3, 2018. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Anti-ISIS coalition raids kill 43 in east Syria

Nov 17, 2018 - 9:28 PM

Seventeen children were among 36 IS family members killed in Abu Husn village of Deir Ezzor province near the Iraqi border, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says

IN SYRIA. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters attend the funeral of a fellow fighter, killed in an offensive by the Islamic State movement against an SDF position near Deir Ezzor, in the northern Syria Kurdish town of Kobane, on November 6, 2018. File photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

ISIS suffers heavy Syria losses despite Kurd pause – monitor

Nov 08, 2018 - 12:20 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says waves of US-led air strikes since Monday, November 5, have killed 48 jihadists, including during two ISIS assaults on oilfields north of the Hajin enclave

IN SYRIA. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters attend the funeral of a fellow fighter, killed in an offensive by the Islamic State movement against an SDF position near Deir Ezzor, in the northern Syria Kurdish town of Kobane, on November 6, 2018. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Hundreds taken by ISIS from displacement camp in east Syria

Oct 13, 2018 - 6:50 PM

A number of fighters of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces dies trying to defend the camp in a battle that lasted several hours

FUNERAL. Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) attend the funeral of fellow fighters in the northeastern city of Qamishli on September 14, 2018. File photo Delil Souleiman/AFP

Kurds eye decentralized Syria in talks with government

Jul 28, 2018 - 7:37 PM

(UPDATED) The Syrian Democratic Forces alliance says it it has agreed with the government to form joint committees and forge a 'roadmap leading to a democratic and decentralized Syria'

RUBBLE. Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) walk amidst the rubble of destroyed buildings in the northern Syrian town of Manbij on August 7, 2016, as they comb the city in search of the last remaining jihadists, a day after they retook it from the Islamic State group. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

German jihadist tied to 9/11 attacks caught in Syria – Pentagon

Apr 20, 2018 - 1:12 PM

Mohammad Haydar Zammar has been accused of recruiting some of the September 11 Al-Qaeda hijackers who carried out attacks on Washington and New York, killing almost 3,000 people

Fight against Islamic State evolves following battlefield wins

Mar 09, 2018 - 2:44 PM

'The future of the coalition is trying to share – radically share – information and intelligence in a way that makes sense,' says Terry Wolff, Deputy Special Presidential Envoy for the US-led coalition

SAFETY CHECK. In this file photo, a member of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) inspects the municipal stadium in Raqa on October 18, 2017, after the US-backed forces retook the city from Islamic State (ISIS) group fighters. File photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

11 Turkish troops killed in deadliest day of Kurdish offensive in Syria

Feb 11, 2018 - 9:54 AM

The fatalities follow Turkey sending troops and launching air strikes against Kurdish militia in Northern Syria

2 British ISIS 'Beatles' fighters captured in Syria – U.S. official

Feb 09, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Alexanda Amon Kotey and El Shafee el-Sheikh are believed to have 'participated in the detention, exploitation and execution of Western detainees'

US-led strikes kill 100 pro-regime personnel in Syria – military

Feb 08, 2018 - 3:53 PM

The strikes were to counter an 'unprovoked attack against well-established Syrian Democratic Forces headquarters,' the US Central Command says

U.S.-backed forces seize major Syria oilfield

Oct 22, 2017 - 7:31 PM

The Al-Omar oilfield in the province of Deir Ezzor had been a key source of income for the ISIS, reaping revenues up to $5.1 million per month

FUNDING. The Al-Omar oilfield in the province of Deir Ezzor produced 30,000 barrels per day before the start of Syria's conflict in 2011 and became a key source of income for the jihadists after they seized it in 2014.

Fighters in Syria's Raqa prepare for civilian handover

Oct 20, 2017 - 11:37 AM

Raqa's capture leaves the jihadists with little remaining territory in Syria, most of it in neighboring Deir Ezzor province, where some SDF fighters are already headed to carry on the campaign

Forces comb ghost city Raqa after ISIS ouster

Oct 19, 2017 - 7:24 AM

US-backed forces comb the ruins of Raqa for survivors and bombs after retaking the Syrian city from Islamic State (ISIS) group jihadists

SAFETY CHECK. A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) inspects the municipal stadium in Raqa on October 18, 2017, after the US-backed forces retook the city from Islamic State (ISIS) group fighters. Bulent Kilic/AFP

ISIS loses emblematic Syria stronghold Raqa

Oct 17, 2017 - 8:55 PM

The victory caps a battle of more than 4 months for Raqa, and hammers another nail in the coffin of the jihadist group's experiment in statehood

RETAKEN. Rojda Felat, a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) commander, walks with her group's flag at the iconic Al-Naim square in Raqa on October 17, 2017. Bulent Kilic/AFP

'Final phase' of battle for Raqa as ISIS fighters leave

Oct 15, 2017 - 7:42 PM

US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces militia says the last phase of the fighting would 'end the presence of the terrorist mercenaries inside the city'

UNREST. Armed men in uniform identified by Syrian Democratic forces as US special operations forces ride in the back of a pickup truck in the village of Fatisah in the northern Syrian province of Raqa on May 25, 2016. File photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Dozens of IS fighters surrender as Raqa's fall nears

Oct 14, 2017 - 9:27 PM

The city's loss would be a new blow for IS, which has already been driven from its strongholds in Iraq including second city Mosul

Civilians in ISIS-held Raqa under fire 'from all sides' – Amnesty

Aug 24, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Residents trapped in the Syrian city of Raqa face the threat of air strikes and intense artillery fire

Members of an Armenian Christian family who fled from Raqa stand near fighters from the Syriac Military Council (SMC), a Christian unit battling alongside the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces to oust the Islamic State from their Syrian stronghold, on August 8, 2017 in Jazra, a western suburb of Raqa. Sawsan Karapetyan and her family lived years of fear as some of the only Christians in the Islamic State group's Syrian stronghold Raqa, and on August 8, she fled clutching her rosary. They were rescued by Christian fighters participating in the battle to oust IS from Raqa, who brought them to the safety of the western Jazra suburb in the back of a truck.  / AFP PHOTO / Delil souleiman / “The erroneous mention appearing in the metadata of this photo by Delil souleiman has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: Inserting correct caption instead of the one sent. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.

U.S.-backed forces breach ISIS defenses in heart of Syria's Raqa

Jul 04, 2017 - 11:55 AM

3rd UPDATE The landmark advance in ISIS s notorious Syria bastion comes as the jihadists face an expected defeat within days in Iraq s second city Mosul

NEAR RAQA. In this file photo, a fighter from the Syriac Military Council (SMC), a small minority of Christian fighters supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces in the combat against the Islamic State (ISIS) group, walks in the suburb of al-Rumaniya on the western outskirts of Raqa on June 27, 2017, after the area was seized from the jihadists. Delil Souleiman/AFP

The week in photos: June 24-30, 2017

Jul 01, 2017 - 1:17 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

An enthusiast browse through a collection of toys on display during the 2017 ToyCon Pop Life FanXperience at the SMX Convention Center, in Pasay on June 30, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

U.S.-backed forces cut off last ISIS escape route from Raqa

Jun 30, 2017 - 2:36 PM

But ISIS fighters hit back with a counterattack that included several suicide bombings against the Syrian Democratic Forces an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters trying to seize control of the city

RAQA. A fighter from the Syriac Military Council (SMC), a small minority of Christian fighters supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces in the combat against the Islamic State (IS) group, walks in the suburb of al-Rumaniya on the western outskirts of Raqa on June 27, 2017, after the area was seized from the jihadists. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

U.S.-backed Syria force advances in Raqa, battles for base

Jun 12, 2017 - 1:15 AM

The Syrian Democratic Forces says its fighters had liberated the neighborhood of Al Romaniya on the western front of Raqa

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) made up of an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, unloaded boxes of ammunition, supplied by the US-led coalition, in a village north of Raqa on June 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / DELIL SOULEIMAN

U.S.-backed fighters thrust into ISIS bastion Raqa

Jun 06, 2017 - 5:25 PM

3rd UPDATE The attack on the northern city at the heart of ISIS Syrian territory has been 7 months in the making and is backed by air support military advisers and weapons deliveries from the US led coalition

Dozens dead as car bomb hits Syria evacuees

Apr 15, 2017 - 8:49 PM

2nd UPDATE Thousands of evacuees from Fuaa and Kafraya have waited in Rashidin for more than a day when a bomb goes off The evacuation resumes following the blast

U.S.-backed fighters battle ISIS around north Syria town

Mar 27, 2017 - 12:45 AM

UPDATED Operations are currently focused on the strategically important town of Tabqa on the Euphrates River and the adjacent dam and military airport

Thousands flee Syria army advance in north – monitor

Mar 04, 2017 - 7:31 PM

Most of the fleeing civilians have gone to areas around Manbij under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces

PATROL. Manbij Military Council forces, part of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), drive a humvee as they patrol the surrounding roads of in the northern Syrian town of Manbij on March 3, 2017. Delil Souleiman/AFP

ISIS tightens grip in Syria bastion Raqa as assault nears

Nov 16, 2016 - 11:54 AM

Residents say jihadists are trying to tighten their grip on power in Raqa as US backed forces near the Islamic State ISIS group s Syrian bastion

ESCAPING ISIS. Syrians women and children rest on the way from areas controlled by jihadists of the Islamic State (ISIS) group, en route to safety in areas held by by Kurdish-Arab Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance, on November 9, 2016, near the village of Mazraat Khaled, some 40 km away from ISIS's de-facto capital of Raqa. Delil Souleiman/AFP

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

ISIS frees hundreds of 'human shields' in Syria

Aug 13, 2016 - 8:08 PM

UPDATED The retreat of ISIS from the city of Manbij marks the jihadists worst defeat yet at the hands of the Syrian Democratic Forces

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) walk amidst the rubble of destroyed buildings in the northern Syrian town of Manbij on August 7, 2016, as they comb the city in search of the last remaining jihadists, a day after they retook it from the Islamic State group. Delil Souleiman/AFP

US-backed forces advance in ISIS Syria stronghold – monitor

Jul 31, 2016 - 4:44 PM

Advancing Kurdish and Arab fighters backed by US led air strikes now control 40 of the Islamic State ISIS stronghold of Manbij in northern Syria

In this file photo, US-backed Kurdish and Arab fighters advance into the Islamic State (IS) jihadist's group bastion of Manbij, in northern Syria, on June 23, 2016.  Delil Souleiman/AFP

Clashes rock Syria's Manbij as ISIS ignores ultimatum

Jul 24, 2016 - 12:30 AM

Thousands of civilians have already fled Manbij which lies in Syria s northern Aleppo province

ISIS mounts fierce defense of besieged Syrian bastion

Jun 18, 2016 - 5:55 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the Islamic State group in Iraq Syria ISIS carried out two suicide attacks and 5 car bombings in the southwestern suburbs of Manbij

SYRIA. A handout photograph made available by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows damage at the site of bombing in Assayidah Zainab neighborhood, Damascus, Syria, 11 June 2016. Photo by EPA

US-backed forces cut main ISIS Syria-Turkey supply route

Jun 11, 2016 - 9:30 AM

The extremists lose control of a vital supply artery when Arab Kurdish forces completely surround a key jihadist held town

Syrian Kurds march during the funeral of fighters, who died during an assault launched by Arab and Kurdish forces against Islamic State (IS) group fighters in the town of Manbij, in the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane on June 4, 2016.  Arab and Kurdish fighters backed by Washington have launched an assault on the strategic Manbij pocket further up the Euphrates on the Turkish border, regarded as a key entry point for foreign jihadists. The Syrian Democratic Forces's offensive against the Manbij pocket is aimed at seizing the last stretch of border still under IS control and denying the jihadists any opportunity to smuggle in recruits and funds. / AFP PHOTO / Delil Souleiman

Army presses advance on jihadists at Syria's biggest dam

Jun 06, 2016 - 5:16 PM

Government troops and militia advance on Syria s largest dam with Russian air support threatening to cut off the jihadists bastion Raqa from the Turkish border

Thousands flee ISIS Syria stronghold as coalition closes in

Jun 06, 2016 - 12:00 AM

UPDATED The Arab Kurdish offensive on the town of Manbij is one of two major assaults on the route ISIS uses to send in more fighters weapons and money from the Turkish border to its main Syrian bastion of Raqa

Syrians walk through the rubble following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces in the rebel-held neighbourhood of Bustan al-Qasr on June 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Baraa Al-Halabi

Offensive in Syria aimed at cutting off ISIS supply route

Jun 02, 2016 - 4:03 PM

The Syrian Democratic Forces a Kurdish led alliance launch an offensive to capture the strategic northern town of Manbij with the help of coalition air strikes

Armed men in uniform identified by Syrian Democratic forces as US special operations forces ride in the back of a pickup truck in the village of Fatisah in the northern Syrian province of Raqa on May 25, 2016. Delil Souleiman/AFP

Thousands flee ISIS offensive in northern Syria – monitor

May 29, 2016 - 8:00 PM

More than two dozen civilians have been killed in the Islamic State assault says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Kurdish-Arab forces announce anti-ISIS offensive north of Syria's Raqa

May 24, 2016 - 10:17 PM

The push will be supported by air strikes from the US led coalition bombing ISIS in Iraq and Syria

Russia fails in UN bid to rein in Turkey over Syria

Feb 20, 2016 - 10:16 AM

Turkey is pressing for a joint ground operation in Syria with its international allies insisting it is the only way to stop the war

SYRIAN CONFLICT. Turkish medics bring in a wounded man at Kilis State Hospital after an airstrike in Northern Syria, in Kilis, Turkey February 15, 2016. File photo by STR/EPA