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US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighters celebrate after fighting Islamic State jihadists near the village of Baghouz in eastern Syria. The Isis spokesman cited the fierce battle taking place in Baghouz. Photograph: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images

The spokesman of the Islamic State group emerged from nearly six months of silence on Monday to mock America’s assertion of having defeated the group (...)

US military vehicles in Syria’s northern city of Manbij on December 30th. The city is controlled by Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which have been fighting the Islamic State terror group with US support. Photograph:   by Delil Souleiman /AFP/Getty Images

A 34-year-old man from Houston who is said to have sent a CV and cover letter seeking a job with Islamic State has been seized on a battlefield in Syr(...)

Image from September 2017 of the US envoy to the coalition against Islamic State, Brett McGurk. File photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

The US envoy to the coalition fighting Islamic State has resigned over president Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from Syria. Bre(...)

An Islamic State fighter fires a weapon in this still image taken from a video said to be taken on the outskirts of Palmyra, Syria,  and uploaded on March 21st, 2016 by an agency affiliated to the  Islamic State terror group. Photograph: Reuters

Islamic State is carrying out a rising number of kidnappings, killings and bombings in Iraq and fighting fiercely in Syria as the extremist group retu(...)

US president Donald Trump: ‘Sometimes it’s time to come back home, and we’re thinking about that very seriously.’ Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

The White House on Wednesday said the US fight against Islamic State in Syria is “coming to a rapid end” as Donald Trump reportedly agreed to keep tro(...)

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(...)

Al-Ayadieh village, the last remaining active front line near Tal Afar, during an operation to retake the city from Islamic State. Photograph: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

Politics impinges on all fronts in the campaign to oust Islamic State from Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. All parties involved have their own agendas, which(...)

Russian S-400 Triumph rocket systems: purchase puts Turkey in direct confrontation with its fellow Nato members and the West. Photograph:  Alexey Sazonov/AFP/Getty

On a visit to the ruined, ancient city of Ani last month, my tour guide offers an alternative perspective on the murder of hundreds of thousands of Ar(...)

Iraqi forces hold positions about 45km south of Mosul on October 17th. Some 30,000 federal troops are leading the offensive against Islamic State, backed by air and ground support from a US-led coalition. Photograph: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

After two years scraping back territory lost in a humiliating defeat to Islamic State, Iraqi forces are now advancing on the city where the drama all (...)

 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 (...)

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