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US secretary of state Rex Tillerson  said the Trump administration would maintain its military presence in Syria  to prevent Islamic State’s resurgence, press for the ousting of President Bashar al-Assad, and counter Iranian influence. Photograph: Ben Nelms/Reuters

The Syrian government has condemned the US presence in Syria as illegal and an aggression, in response to a US plan to deploy its forces in the countr(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan: said it was his government’s “duty to drown this terrorist force before it is born”. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has accused the US of forming a “terrorist army” that it was Turkey’s duty to “drown”, after Washington anno(...)

Palestinians burn posters depicting Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US pesident Donald Trump during a protest against the US intention to recognise the city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday. Photograph:  Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and launch the process of shifting the US embassy to there from Tel Aviv, has stoke(...)

Heavily damaged buildings in Raqa on October 21st, 2017, after a Kurd-led force expelled the jihadists from the northern Syrian city. There are claims many were transported out. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty

Hundreds of Islamic State fighters, both Syrian and foreign, were covertly evacuated by US, UK and Kurdish forces from the besieged city of Raqqa last(...)

Imam Hassen Chalghoumi, left, and French author Marek Halter, centre, with a group called “Muslims Against Terrorism” in front of the Bataclan venue, Paris, on Monday. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

Families of the victims of France’s deadliest terror attacks stood in silence and tears as President Emmanuel Macron and other officials honoured the (...)

Pro-government Syrian troops taking up positions during fighting with insurgents near Boukamal, on the Iraq-Syria border, November 8th, 2017. Videograb: Syrian Central Military Media/AP

The rout on Thursday by the Syrian army of Islamic State fighters from the eastern border town of Abu Kemal – their last stronghold in Syria – heralds(...)

US president Donald Trump speaks to reporters, as first lady Melania Trump looks on, before boarding Marine One for a trip to Hawaii and later Asia, at the White House on Friday. Photograph: Tom Brenner/New York Times

Donald Trump said on Friday the US has been attacking Islamic State “10 times harder” in the days following the New York terrorist attack, though the (...)

Smoke billows from the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor  during an operation by   Syrian government forces against Islamic State on Thursday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliphate was all but reduced on Friday to a pair of border towns at the Iraq-Syria frontier, where thousands of fight(...)

Aleppo regeneration: solar-powered street lights in damaged eastern zone. Photograph: Michael Jansen

Syria may be the only country in recent times to rebuild before a devastating war ends. Aleppo, Syria’s former commercial powerhouse, has been transfo(...)

Men suspected of being Islamic State fighters are searched at a security screening centre near Kirkuk, Iraq, on October 1st. Photograph: Ivor Prickett/The New York Times

Its de facto capital is falling. Its territory has shrivelled from the size of Portugal to a handful of outposts. Its surviving leaders are on the run(...)

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