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Monitors: US-led coalition killed 1,600 civilians in Raqqa

The U.S.-led coalition killed more than 1,600 civilians in the northern Syria city of Raqqa during months of bombardment that liberated it from the Islamic State group, far more than …


After Raqqa, Trump says U.S. shifts to ‘new phase’ in Syria

President Donald Trump is portraying the Islamic State group’s ouster from its Syrian stronghold as a milestone in the U.S. fight against terrorism and a step toward a political transition …


Raqqa a reminder of U.S. military might

The heaps of rubble in Raqqa that once housed terrorists and torturers convey a bedrock lesson, as valid now as in 1945: It’s a mistake to provoke the United States.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 20, 2017

Devastation in Raqqa raises questions about cost of victory

A U.S.-backed Syrian force declared victory over the Islamic State group in its former “capital” of Raqqa on Friday, declaring the northern Syrian city free of any extremist presence after …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 19, 2017

More conflicts loom after Islamic State defeat in Raqqa

The Middle East may have turned a page with the defeat of the Islamic State group in its self-declared capital of Raqqa, but the future is looking even more tangled, …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017

U.S.-backed Syrian forces clear Raqqa after driving out IS

U.S.-backed Syrian forces were removing land mines and clearing roads in the northern city of Raqqa on Wednesday, a day after commanders said they had driven the Islamic State group …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 17, 2017

U.S.-backed forces celebrate fall of IS ‘capital,’ Raqqa

U.S.-backed Syrian forces celebrated in the devastated streets of Raqqa on Tuesday after gaining control of the northern city that once was the heart of the Islamic State’s self-styled caliphate, …


Trump takes credit for Islamic State defeat years in the making

U.S. President Donald Trump took credit for making changes to the military that allowed U.S.-backed forces to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa – the last major urban stronghold of …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 17, 2017

After IS collapse in Raqqa, U.S. faces other extremism threats

The U.S. military says the Syrian city of Raqqa is about 90 percent cleared of Islamic State fighters.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017

U.S.-backed Syrian force expects Raqqa victory in ‘a few days’

A U.S.-backed Kurdish-led force battling the Islamic State group in Syria will be in control of Raqqa “within a few days” after attacking the last militant-held pocket of the city, …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 14, 2017

Syria: Local militants evacuate as Raqqa battle nears end

The U.S.-led coalition and local officials said Saturday Syrian Islamic State fighters and civilians will be allowed to evacuate Syria’s Raqqa, in a deal that signals the imminent capture of …


U.S. rules out negotiated IS withdrawal from Syria’s Raqqa

The U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State group said Wednesday that it won’t accept a negotiated withdrawal for hundreds of IS militants holed up in the Syrian city of Raqqa, …


Battle against ISIS in Raqqa is in ‘final stages,’ force says

The battle for the Islamic State group’s de-facto Syria capital, Raqqa, has reached its “final stages,” the Syrian Democratic Forces said Wednesday, almost four months after the U.S.-backed force launched …


U.S.-backed forces seize Raqqa’s Old City from ISIS, but a tough fight still lies ahead

U.S.-backed forces in Syria have captured the Old City of Raqqa, the latest milestone in their ongoing assault against the self-proclaimed capital of the Islamic State’s rapidly shrinking territories, according …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 25, 2017

Half of trapped Raqqa population are children, U.N. official says

Half of the estimated 20,000 people trapped in Syria’s northern city of Raqqa are children, an official with the U.N. children’s agency said Friday, describing the traumatizing experiences of children …


U.N. urges pause in Syria fighting as humanitarian crisis mounts

The United Nations urged international powers to ease military operations around the Islamic State’s de facto capital on Thursday amid intensifying concern about the safety of thousands of civilians trapped …


UPDATED: Fri., July 28, 2017

IS claims deadly attack in Syria against U.S.-backed force

Islamic State militants have carried out a deadly attack on U.S.-backed forces in Syria, killing and wounding many fighters and civilians, Syrian monitors and an IS-linked media outlet said Friday.


Kurdish official says U.S. role essential in post-IS Syria

The Kurdish-led effort to secure Raqqa once it is liberated from the Islamic State group will require long-term U.S. political and financial support for the battered city’s governance and reconstruction, …


UPDATED: Fri., July 21, 2017

Militants burst from tunnels, hit weak points in Raqqa fight

The surprise attack came before dawn. An Islamic State group militant emerged from underground right into a deserted building being used as a position by U.S.-backed Syrian forces on a …


UPDATED: Wed., July 5, 2017

Islamic State will lose Mosul and Raqqa. What happens next?

The jihadists of the Islamic State are finally being driven out of their two main bastions: The northern Iraqi city of Mosul and the eastern Syrian city of Raqqa. For …


UPDATED: Tue., July 4, 2017

U.S.-backed forces breach wall around Raqqa’s Old City

U.S.-backed Syrian forces have breached the wall around Raqqa’s Old City, the U.S. military said Tuesday, marking a major advance in the weeks-old battle to drive Islamic State militants out …


Messy fight awaits Islamic State’s next Syrian capital at Mayadeen

As Islamic State militants take a pounding in their eroding Iraqi and Syrian strongholds, its leaders have set up a new headquarters in Syria away from the front lines, where …


UN: ‘Staggering’ loss of life reported from U.S.-led air raids on ISIS-held Raqqa

Intensified airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition have caused a “staggering” loss of civilian life around the Islamic State’s Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, a United Nations investigator said Wednesday.


UPDATED: Sun., June 11, 2017

U.S.-backed Syrian fighters seize parts of IS ‘capital’ Raqqa

A U.S.-backed Syrian opposition force said Sunday it has captured a northwestern neighborhood of the Islamic State group’s de-facto capital of Raqqa the second district to fall in their hands …


Syrian activists: At least 7 civilians killed in Raqqa airstrike

Syrian activists say an airstrike in the contested de-facto capital of the Islamic State group has killed at least 7 civilians.


UNICEF: More than 40,000 children at risk in Syria’s Raqqa

The United Nation’s children agency warned Friday that the fight for the Islamic State group’s stronghold of Raqqa in northern Syria is threatening the lives of more than 40,000 children, …


Q&A: Offensive against ISIS-held Raqqa has been long in coming

U.S.-backed Syrian forces launched their attack on the Islamic State group’s de facto capital of Raqqa in northern Syria, just as the jihadist group is making its last stand in …


U.S.-backed Syrian fighters reach gates of IS capital of Raqqa

U.S.-backed fighters on Tuesday reached the northern entrance of the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State group, amid intense clashes and airstrikes on Raqqa’s …


UPDATED: Fri., May 19, 2017

Amid Raqqa, Mosul fights, U.S. prepares for IS endgame effort

The United States is looking ahead toward a decisive battleground in its bid to destroy the Islamic State group, even as U.S.-backed local forces must still finish the fight for …


Russia general claims US-led coalition hit dam in Syria

A senior Russian general on Tuesday accused the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State of targeting Syria’s infrastructure – including a key dam – in territory held by the Sunni …