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Militants leave key rebel town as Syrian troops push in

As Syrian government forces push into key rebel town, al-Qaida-linked militants inside ‘redeploy’ south of town.


Airstrikes hit near Turkish convoy in Syria, raising tension

Airstrikes targeted a Turkish army convoy inside a rebel-held part of northwestern Syria on Monday, killing three civilians and wounding 12 others, the Turkish Defense Ministry said. Syria, however, said …


Syria says it agrees to cease-fire in rebel stronghold

Syria’s government said it has agreed to a conditional cease-fire starting late Thursday in northwestern Syria, according to state media. Government troops and allied Russia warplanes have been carrying out …


UPDATED: Sat., July 13, 2019, 4:16 p.m.

Stalled Idlib campaign shows limits of Syrian, Russian power

The stalled campaign by government forces and their Russian allies to retake Syria’s Idlib province from jihadi rebels has stalled out after two months of hard fighting


UPDATED: Thu., July 4, 2019, 7:43 p.m.

Gibraltar detains Syria-bound supertanker with Iranian oil

Authorities in Gibraltar said they intercepted Thursday an Iranian supertanker believed to be breaching European Union sanctions by carrying a shipment of Tehran’s crude oil to war-ravaged Syria.


Parents of UK militant in Syria spared jail for sending cash

A couple from Oxford whose son converted to Islam and traveled to Syria to support the Islamic State group were found guilty Friday and given suspended sentences for trying to …


Satellite images show crops on fire in Syria rebel enclave

New satellite photos obtained on Tuesday show significant damage to Syrian villages and surrounding farmland as a result of a government offensive on the last rebel stronghold in the country.


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019, 3:53 p.m.

Syrian ground troops capture rebel enclave

Syrian troops pushed their way into a northwestern rebel-held enclave Wednesday, clashing with insurgents and capturing a strategically located village at the southern edge, widening an offensive that had previously …


UPDATED: Sat., May 4, 2019, 9:35 p.m.

Syrian government intensifies bombardment of rebel-held area

Syrian opposition activists say a government bombardment of rebel-held areas in the country’s northwest has killed and wounded dozens and forced thousands to flee their homes


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 …


UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019, 11:47 a.m.

After IS fall, some women who joined plead to come home

The women say it was misguided religious faith, naivety, a search for something to believe in or youthful rebellion. Whatever it was, it led them to travel across the world …


UPDATED: Fri., March 22, 2019, 10:52 a.m.

White House: Islamic State territory in Syria eliminated

All Islamic State-held territory in Syria has been “100 percent” eliminated, the White House announced Friday, though officials said sporadic fighting continues on the ground between coalition forces and the …


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 7:58 p.m.

U.S.-backed force says it captured IS camp in Syria

U.S.-backed Syrian forces on Tuesday seized control of an encampment held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, after hundreds of militants surrendered overnight, a spokesman said.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 28, 2019, 2:41 p.m.

U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State says French extremist linked to 2015 Paris attacks Paris killed

The U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group says a prominent French extremist linked to the 2015 attacks on Paris has been killed.


White House says U.S. will keep 200 troops in Syria

The White House says the U.S. is keeping 200 American troops in Syria for now as part of a small peacekeeping force.


More than 150 IS militants handed over to Iraq from Syria

U.S.-backed Syrian forces fighting the Islamic State group handed over more than 150 Iraqi members of the group to Iraq, an Iraqi security official said Thursday, marking the biggest repatriation …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:23 p.m.

Alabama woman who joined Islamic State seeks return to US

An Alabama woman who left home to join the Islamic State after becoming radicalized online realized she was wrong and now wants to return to the United States, a lawyer …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:21 p.m.

Besieged IS militants refuse to surrender, ask for an exit

More than 300 Islamic State militants surrounded in a tiny area in eastern Syria are refusing to surrender to U.S.-backed forces and are trying to negotiate an exit, Syrian activists …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:02 p.m.

‘Taking their last breath’: Once-dominant

Once in control of about a third of Syria and Iraq, Islamic State militants now are down to what officials describe as a small tented village atop a network of …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:25 p.m.

Family: U.K. teen who joined Islamic State has baby in Syria

Relatives of a British teen who ran away with other London schoolgirls to join the Islamic State extremist group says she has given birth to a baby boy in Syria …


IS militants cling to last square mile in eastern Syria

Islamic State group militants clung to their last square mile of land in eastern Syria on Thursday with an unknown number of civilians trapped inside, officials said.


US strikes IS-held mosque as Syria battle intensifies

The U.S. military said Tuesday it struck a mosque that had allegedly been used as an Islamic State control center, as American-allied Syrian forces battled the extremists in their last …


Fierce battles near final IS foothold in eastern Syria

Islamic State group militants cornered in their last foothold in eastern Syria fought back with suicide car bombs, snipers and booby traps Monday, slowing Kurdish fighters advancing under the cover …


Marc A. Thiessen: Great nations don’t quit wars before they prevail

Right now, the U.S. military has its boot on the terrorists’ necks. Take that boot away, though, and the terrorists will get up, dust themselves off and go back to …


U.S.-backed fighters launch final push to defeat IS in Syria

U.S.-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian forces said Saturday they have launched a final push to defeat the Islamic State group in the last tiny pocket the extremists hold in eastern Syria.


Turkey’s president in Moscow for Syria talks with Putin

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sat down for Syria-focused talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Wednesday as their governments bargain over zones of influence in the war-torn country.


Islamic State group targets U.S. convoy in northeastern Syria

An Islamic State suicide bomber targeted a joint convoy of U.S. and allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria on Monday, marking the second attack against U.S. troops in less than …


Trump salutes remains of 4 Americans killed in Syria attack

President Donald Trump traveled to Delaware’s Dover Air Force Base on Saturday to pay his respects to the returning remains of four Americans who were killed this week in a …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 9:21 p.m.

Syria attack kills 4 Americans, raising questions on pullout

A suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State killed at least 16 people, including two U.S. service members and two American civilians, in northern Syria on Wednesday, just a month …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019, 12:57 p.m.

U.S. starts withdrawing supplies, but not troops, from Syria

The U.S. military said Friday it has started pulling equipment, but not troops, out of Syria as a first step in meeting President Donald Trump’s demand for a complete military …