EghtesadOnline: U.S.-backed forces in Syria have begun the long-anticipated push to remove Islamic State from its self-declared capital of Raqqa, a city the jihadist group has brutalized since 2013, and used as a base to plot terrorist attacks in Europe.
EghtesadOnline: Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the U.S.-backed operation to drive Islamic State from its Raqqa stronghold in Syria has begun, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.
EghtesadOnline: Russia vowed to prevent the escape of Islamic State fighters from their self-declared capital in Raqqa, under siege by U.S.-backed forces, after thwarting two attempts by the jihadists to break through toward Syrian government-controlled territory.
EghtesadOnline: A Kurdish and Arab Syrian militia backed by the United States has captured the town of Karama as it prepares for an assault on the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa that it expects to take place in early April, it said on Sunday.
EghtesadOnline: U.S. President Donald Trump's push against Islamic State in Syria could present him with an unenviable choice: Alienate NATO ally Turkey by relying on Kurdish fighters or adopt a plan that may slow the assault and require many more U.S. combat forces.
EghtesadOnline: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a U.S.-led coalition air strike killed at least 16 people overnight in a town north of Islamic State's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa.
EghtesadOnline: 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.
EghtesadOnline: 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.
EghtesadOnline: With the battle for the Iraqi city of Mosul barely begun, the U.S. and its allies say they need to move within weeks on the other remaining Islamic State stronghold, Raqqa in Syria. The trouble is that no one can agree on who should do the actual fighting.
EghtesadOnline: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he has responded positively to a U.S. request for a joint operation against Islamic State’s self-declared capital in Syria, Hurriyet newspaper reported.