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Turkish military enters Syria to begin joint U.S. 'safe zone' patrol

08 Sep 2019

AKCAKALE, Turkey/TAL ABYAD, Syria Armed Turkish military vehicles crossed into war-stricken Syria on Sunday to begin joint patrols with U.S. counterparts to establish a high-stakes "safe zone" along a border region controlled by Kurdish forces.

Syrian Kurdish authorities to stop wheat going to government territory

12 Jun 2019

QAMISHLI, Syria/BEIRUT Kurdish-led authorities holding Syria's breadbasket region will ban wheat from entering government territory in a bid to boost reserves, a Kurdish official told Reuters.

Islamic State 'caliphate' defeated, yet threat persists

23 Mar 2019

DEIR AL-ZOR PROVINCE, Syria U.S.-backed forces proclaimed the capture of Islamic State's last territory in Syria on Saturday, eliminating its rule over a self-proclaimed "caliphate", but the jihadists remain a threat from sleeper cells around the world. | Video

Hundreds surrender as Islamic State nears defeat in last enclave

12 Mar 2019

BAGHOUZ, Syria Islamic State faced imminent defeat in its final enclave on Tuesday as hundreds of jihadist fighters and their families surrendered and the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said the battle was as good as over.

Last Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria pounded in U.S.-backed assault

12 Mar 2019

BAGHOUZ, Syria Islamic State's final enclave in eastern Syria was pounded with air strikes and artillery on Monday in a U.S.-backed assault aimed at wiping out the last shred of its territorial rule that once spanned a third of Syria and Iraq. | Video

With shrouded faces, Islamic State fighters stand guard over final enclave

11 Mar 2019

BAGHOUZ, Syria Armed with assault rifles and with faces wrapped in scarves, the Islamic State fighters visible at the boundary of their last enclave in eastern Syria are among the hardened jihadists who appear ready to fight to the death.

U.S.-backed Syrian force attacks Islamic State enclave

11 Mar 2019

BAGHOUZ, Syria U.S.-backed Syrian forces launched an assault against the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Sunday, aiming to wipe out the last vestige of its self-declared "caliphate" that once spanned a third of Iraq and Syria. | Video

More civilians leave Islamic State's Syria enclave, delaying final assault

10 Mar 2019

BAGHOUZ, Syria The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) paused military operations against Islamic State (IS) militants holed up in the group's final enclave in eastern Syria, expecting more civilians to be evacuated from the area on Saturday, an SDF official said. | Video

Hundreds of Islamic State fighters surrender in east Syria

06 Mar 2019

NEAR BAGHOUZ, Syria Hundreds of Islamic State fighters surrendered on Wednesday and hundreds more of their comrades were caught trying to escape the jihadist group's last, tiny scrap of land in eastern Syria, said a commander in the militia besieging it.

Hundreds of jihadists surrender in eastern Syria enclave

05 Mar 2019

DEIR AL-ZOR PROVINCE, Syria Hundreds of Islamic State militants have surrendered as they left the group's last enclave in eastern Syria amid more than 6,500 people, mostly civilians, who were evacuated in the last 24 hours, a spokesman for the U.S.-backed Syrian force battling the jihadists said on Tuesday.

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