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U.S.-backed Syrian force: Islamic State in its 'final moments'

Jan 13 2019

QAMISHLI, Syria/BEIRUT Islamic State militants are "living their final moments" in the last enclave they hold near the Iraqi border, where U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are attacking them, an SDF official said on Sunday.

U.S.-led coalition says it has started Syria withdrawal

Jan 11 2019

QAMISHLI, Syria/WASHINGTON The U.S.-led coalition battling Islamic State added to confusion surrounding the U.S. withdrawal from Syria on Friday by saying it had started the pullout process, but officials later clarified that only equipment, not troops, were being withdrawn. | Video

Syrian Kurds seek Damascus deal regardless of U.S. moves

Jan 04 2019

QAMISHLI, Syria Syrian Kurdish leaders aim to secure a Russian-mediated political deal with President Bashar al-Assad's government regardless of U.S. plans to withdraw from their region, a senior Kurdish official told Reuters.

With U.S. departure, Syria's Manbij braces for upheaval

Dec 30 2018

MANBIJ, Syria The city of Manbij has switched control more than most places in Syria's civil war.

Christmas revived in a village devastated by Islamic State

Dec 25 2018

TEL NASRI, Syria The one family still living in a Christian village devastated by Islamic State is working to revive Christmas traditions that have brought at least a few of its people home for the holiday.

Exclusive: U.S.-backed SDF vows to fight any Turkish attack in north Syria

Dec 13 2018

AIN ISSA, Syria The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces will respond strongly to any Turkish attack but is pressing diplomatic efforts to deter an assault, its commander-in-chief said on Thursday.

SDF to study any request to hand over British IS militants captured in Syria

Feb 09 2018

AMUDA, Syria/WASHINGTON The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has not received a request from any foreign government to hand over two British Islamic State militants in its custody but will study any such request if made, a senior SDF official told Reuters on Friday.

Syrian Kurdish leader hopes new force will counter threats from Turkey, Damascus

Jan 15 2018

QAMISHLI, Syria Kurdish-led regions of Syria are looking to a new U.S.-backed border force to protect them in the face of growing threats from Turkey and Damascus, a senior Kurdish politician told Reuters.

Syrian Kurds hold local elections, press on with autonomy plans

Dec 01 2017

QAMISHLI, Syria Kurdish-led authorities held local elections on Friday in areas they control in northern Syria, pushing ahead with autonomy plans opposed by both the government of President Bashar al-Assad and by Turkey.

Islamic State defeated in its Syrian capital Raqqa

Oct 17 2017

RAQQA, Syria U.S.-backed militias in Syria declared victory over Islamic State in its capital Raqqa on Tuesday, raising flags over the last jihadist footholds after a four-month battle. | Video

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