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In 'unprecedented' hiatus, IS media offline for a day

Birut - The Islamic State group's online propaganda channels went mysteriously quiet for more than a full day between Wednesday and Thursday, in what analysts said was an "unprecedented" silence.

Iraq launches final sweep to flush out IS

Baghdad - Iraqi forces launched a sweep through the western desert to flush out remaining Islamic State group fighters on Thursday, an operation the prime minister has said will spell the jihadists' "final defeat" in the country.

Foreigners held or missing in Syria

Birut - The capture by Iraqi and Syrian forces of the Islamic State group's last bastions failed to clarify the fate of several foreign hostages thought to have been kidnapped by jihadists.

Iraq attacks at lowest since IS 'caliphate' declared: study

- The number of attacks in Iraq has fallen to its lowest since the Islamic State group declared a "caliphate" in 2014, a study said Wednesday, with the jihadists reduced to scraps of territory.

Anti-IS coalition strikes drop to lowest number

Birut - Air strikes by the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria have dropped significantly, a spokesman said Tuesday, as the war against the jihadists winds down.

After fall of last town, IS loses grip over Iraqis

Rawa - "Islamic State - Euphrates Province" reads an abandoned sign covered by dust and sand in the Iraqi town of Rawa.

IS not dead yet but 'caliphate' dream in tatters

Baghdad - Its "caliphate" has imploded, its de facto capitals in Iraq and Syria have fallen, and hundreds of its fighters have either surrendered or fled.

IS attack kills 26 displaced people in Syria: monitor

Birut - A car bombing blamed on the Islamic State group killed at least 26 displaced people in eastern Syria on Friday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

Iraq forces retake last IS-held town in country

Baghdad - The Iraqi army retook the last town in the country still held by the Islamic State group on Friday as the jihadists' self-proclaimed "caliphate" faced collapse on both sides of the border with Syria.

IS has lost 95% of its 'caliphate': US-led coalition

Amman - The Islamic State group has lost 95 percent of the cross-border "caliphate" it declared three years ago in Iraq and Syria, the US-led coalition fighting it has said.

Syria army renews assault on last IS-held town: monitor

Birut - The Syrian army on Thursday entered Albu Kamal, the last town in the country held by the Islamic State group, several days after the jihadists recaptured it, a monitor said.

Turkey condemns 'escape' of Raqa jihadists

Ankara - Turkey on Wednesday condemned as "an extremely grave revelation" the potential escape of hundreds of jihadists from the Syrian city of Raqa, saying it underscored the perils of Washington's alliance with Kurdish fighters.

Russia posts videogame image as 'proof' US helps IS: monitor

Moscow - Russia's defence ministry on Tuesday posted images it said proved the US was aiding the Islamic State jihadist group in the Middle East, but social media users pointed out they included a still from a videogame.

Over 110 detained in vast anti-IS raids in Ankara

Ankara - Turkish police detained 111 Islamic State suspects in a vast anti-terror operation in the capital Ankara on Thursday, the latest round-ups in a widening crackdown against the extremist group.

NATO looks to seize momentum in Afghanistan conflict

Brussels - Defence ministers from the NATO alliance met Thursday in Brussels to review the next steps in the Afghanistan conflict and brainstorm ways to make gains in the 16-year-old war.

NATO to increase cyber weaponry to combat Russia

Brussels - NATO members agreed Wednesday to increase the use of cyber weaponry and tactics during military operations, with the alliance also upgrading other capabilities to combat a resurgent Russia.

Le Pen stripped of French immunity over gruesome IS pictures

Paris - France's National Assembly on Wednesday lifted the immunity from prosecution of far-right leader Marine Le Pen for tweeting pictures of Islamic State group atrocities.

US defence chief meets NATO to discuss IS, Afghanistan

Brussels - With the Islamic State group crumbling in Iraq and Syria, North Korea defiant over its nuclear ambitions and Russia looming large, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has plenty of pressing issues as he begins talks with NATO allies on Wednesday.

Anti-IS forces converge on Syria border town

Ceylan - Syrian and allied forces converged Saturday on holdout Islamic State group fighters in the Syrian border town of Albu Kamal, the jihadists' very last urban bastion following a string of losses.

IS will survive Deir Ezzor defeat, warn experts

Paris - The Islamic State group may have just lost the last major city of its self-proclaimed "caliphate", but experts and officials warn this is far from being the jihadists' deathblow.

Iraqi forces retake crossing on Syria border from IS

Baghdad - Iraqi forces said they recaptured an important crossing on the border with Syria from the Islamic State group on Friday as they advanced into the jihadists' last bastion in Iraq.

Syrian army takes full control of Deir Ezzor city from IS: state TV

Damascus - Syria's army has seized Deir Ezzor from the Islamic State group, state media said Friday, driving the jihadists from the last major city where they were present.

Iraqi forces enter Al-Qaim, last IS bastion in Iraq: army

Fallujah - Iraqi forces on Friday entered Al-Qaim, the main town in the Islamic State group's last bastion in the country, military commanders said.

On edge of last IS bastion, Iraqis hail end of jihadist rule

- For Abu Ahmed, the arrival of Iraqi forces in his village on the border with Syria has ended a three-year ordeal at the hands of the Islamic State group that might never have been.

Syria army retakes Deir Ezzor city from IS: monitor

Birut - Syria's army and allied fighters have retaken the city of Deir Ezzor from the Islamic State group in a Russian-backed operation, a monitor said on Thursday.

IS executed 741 civilians during Mosul battle: UN

Geneva - The Islamic State group executed 741 civilians in the battle for the Iraqi city of Mosul, the UN said Thursday, accusing the jihadists of perpetrating "international crimes" during the nine-month military campaign.

Tears as Syria families welcome relatives freed from IS

Yabrud - Two weeks ago, Manaf thought his days were numbered. But this weekend he and other former Islamic State group hostages were given a hero's welcome in the recaptured Syrian town of Al-Qaryatain.

Iraq demands Kurds hand over border post, squeezes IS

- Iraqi forces on Friday issued an ultimatum for Kurdish fighters to hand over a key border post with Turkey, as Baghdad's troops also battled to wipe out the Islamic State group in the country.

Terrain, geopolitics make for tricky last battle on IS

Birut - The Islamic State group's empire has shrunk fast this year but the rump of its "caliphate" on the Iraq-Syria border is a hostile jihadist heartland where competing regional interests converge.

Iraq forces push into 'last den' of IS in country

Fallujah - Iraqi forces on Thursday thrust into the last area controlled by the Islamic State group in the country as they launched a push to wipe out remnants of the jihadists' self-styled caliphate.
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