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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(...)

Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces evacuate a civilian from a stadium after Raqqa was liberated from Islamic State militants in Syria on Tuesday. Photograph: Erik De Castro/Reuters

US-backed forces in Syria on Tuesday said they had captured the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa, de facto capital of the jihadi group’s self-declare(...)

Men suspected of being Islamic State fighters are searched at a security screening center near Kirkuk, Iraq. More than 1,000 militants turned themselves in after the latest in a string of humiliating defeats in Iraq and Syria. Photograph: Ivor Prickett/The New York Times

A series of battles in Iraq and Syria in recent weeks herald the collapse and defeat of Islamic State and the “caliphate” it set up in 2014, which des(...)

Aftermath of an air strike by coalition forces at the frontline, in Raqqa, Syria. File photograph: Erik De Castro/Reuters

A convoy is set to leave the Islamic State-held enclave of Syria’s Raqqa city on Saturday under an arrangement brokered by local officials, the US-led(...)

Members of Syrian Democratic Forces hold a flag of the Islamic State militants recovered at a building next to the stadium in Raqqa, Syria. Photograph: Reuters/Erik De Castro

Islamic State’s rout in the northeastern Iraqi town of Hawija last week heralded the jihadi group’s demise as an ideological, political, military and (...)

Leader of the Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: thought to be hiding in sparsely populated desert between Mosul and Raqqa. Photograph: AFP

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi exhorted followers on Thursday to stand fast and keep fighting in his first purported audio communication in(...)

  UN special envoy  for Syria Staffan de Mistura: hopes progress can be achieved in talks between the Syrian government and militants  in Geneva after ceasefires have been agreed in Kazakhstan. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

The Syrian army regained territory from Islamic State in central and eastern Syria on Wednesday as ceasefire talks got under way again in Kazakhstan.(...)

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