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Guns silent as engineers work to ease pressure on Syrian dam

TABQA DAM, Syria Syrian engineers worked on Tuesday to open spillways and ease pressure on a major dam across the Euphrates River during a pause in a U.S.-backed assault to capture it from Islamic State (IS) militants, a Reuters witness said.

Mar 03 2017

Syria's Kurdish-led administration sees end to economic 'siege'

BEIRUT/AMUDA, Syria The Kurdish-led administration in northeastern Syria says a new land corridor to the government-controlled west marks an economic breakthrough for their autonomous region that has been under "siege" by hostile parties.

Feb 04 2017

U.S.-backed Syrian force in new phase of Raqqa assault

RAQQA PROVINCE, Syria/BEIRUT An alliance of U.S.-backed militias started a new phase of its campaign against the Islamic State-held city of Raqqa on Saturday, aiming to complete its encirclement and sever the road to militant strongholds in Deir al-Zor province.

Nov 06 2016

U.S.-backed Syrian alliance declares attack on Islamic State in Raqqa

AIN ISSA, Syria A U.S.-backed alliance of Syrian armed groups has launched an operation to retake the northern city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of Islamic State in Syria, the group said on Sunday.

Nov 06 2016

Islamic State hits back in Mosul but faces new Raqqa front

BAGHDAD/AIN ISSA, Syria Islamic State fighters targeted Iraqi troops with car bombs and ambushes in Mosul, stalling an army advance in their north Iraq stronghold, but faced attack on a new front on Sunday when U.S.-backed rebels launched a campaign for the Syrian city of Raqqa. | Video

Nov 06 2016

Offensive auch auf syrische IS-Hochburg Rakka begonnen

Ain Issa/Bagdad Die Extremistenmiliz IS gerät nach der Offensive auf das irakischen Mossul nun auch in ihrer zweiten verbliebenen Hochburg im syrischen Rakka unter Druck.

Aug 23 2016

Syria Kurds win battle with government, Turkey mobilizes against them

HASAKA, Syria/BEIRUT Syrian Kurdish forces took near complete control of Hasaka city on Tuesday as a ceasefire ended a week of fighting with the government, consolidating the Kurds' grip on Syria's northeast as Turkey increased its efforts to check their influence. | Video

Aug 22 2016

Kurdish militia launches assault to evict Syrian army from key city of Hasaka

HASAKA, Syria The Kurdish YPG militia launched a major assault on Monday to seize the last government-controlled parts of the northeastern Syrian city of Hasaka after calling on pro-government militias to surrender, Kurdish forces and residents said.

Jun 16 2016

'I felt liberated': life after Islamic State

AM ADASA, Syria When U.S.-backed forces seized Souad Hamidi's village in northern Syria from Islamic State last week, the 19-year-old swiftly tore off the niqab she had been forced to wear since 2014 and smiled.

Jun 14 2016

U.S.-backed forces in Syria appeal for aid for hundreds fleeing IS

NEAR MANBIJ, Syria/BEIRUT - U.S.-backed forces waging an offensive against the Islamic State-held city of Manbij in northern Syria appealed for international assistance for those fleeing the fighting on Tuesday as the forces tightened their encirclement of the city.

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