Syrian Democratic Forces  commanders attend a news conference in Ain Issa, Raqqa Governorate. Photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces coalition has launched a long-awaited offensive to drive Islamic State from its self-proclaimed capital at Raqq(...)

A girl displaced by the fighting near Mosul at a checkpoint in Qayyara on Wednesday. Humanitarian agencies fear a catastrophic outflow of civilians from Mosul if there is heavy bombardment and urban warfare. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

Why is Mosul under attack? Mosul is under attack because in June 2014 the city was seized by Islamic State during an offensive which gave the terror (...)

Turkish troops   on the road near the Syrian village of Tuwairan, about 2km from the border with Turkey, on Monday. Photograph: Nazeer al-Khatib/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey’s cross-border incursions into Syria have achieved Ankara’s primary objective of preventing Syrian Kurds from uniting the eastern end of their (...)

 Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan: he has vowed  to devote equal energy to combatting Islamic State jihadists and Syrian Kurdish fighters. Photograph: AFP Photo / Turkey’s Presidential Press Service /Yasin Bulbul/Getty Images

Signals from Ankara and events on the ground suggest Turkey’s operation in northern Syria may be anything but a short-term incursion, a situation that(...)

 Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan:  has vowed to devote equal energy to combating Islamic State jihadists and Syrian Kurdish fighters. Photograph: Syasin Bulbul/AFP/Getty

Turkish-backed forces pushed deeper into northern Syria on Monday and drew a rebuke from Nato ally the United States, which said it was concerned the (...)

A Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter inspects a room which, according to the SDF, was used by Islamic State militants to prepare explosives, in Manbij, Aleppo Governorate, Syria. Photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

Hundreds of Syrian rebels are preparing to launch an operation to capture a town held by Islamic State at the border with Turkey, a senior Syrian rebe(...)

Civilians evacuated from an Islamic State-controlled neighbourhood of Manbij. Photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

Celebrations have erupted in the strategic Syrian city of Manbij following the rout of Islamic State fighters by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Force(...)

Syrian civil defence volunteers, known as the White Helmets, gather in a street in  Aleppo over the weekend. Photograph: Thaer Mohammed/AFP/Getty Images

Overstretched and undermanned Syrian government forces were on the defensive south of Aleppo yesterday after rebel fighters broke through the siege of(...)

Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters fire an anti-tank cannon on the front line near Hasan Sham village, some 45kms east of the city of Mosul. Photograph: Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images

Kurdish peshmerga forces backed by the US-led coalition have launched attacks on Islamic State east of Mosul as the campaign to oust the militants ste(...)

Mourners carry the coffin of killed Kurdish militant Osman Karadeniz during his funeral in   Diyarbakir. Tensions continue to run high in the southeast of the country. Photograph: Ilyas Akengin/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey’s military operation against militants in the Kurdish-populated southeast has entered a third week with government forces still unable to decis(...)

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