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After IS, French women held in Syria say ready to go home

- Detained after fleeing the Islamic State group's crumbling Syrian holdout, two women from France say they are ready to go home -- if they are judged fairly.

Twin bombing kills 24 in Syria's Idlib: monitor

Beirut - A double bomb attack in Syria's jihadist-held city of Idlib on Monday killed 24 people, including four children, a war monitor said.

Germany wants trial for Syria jihadists but warns of difficulties

Berlin - Germany vowed Monday to prosecute German IS fighters but warned that it would be "extremely difficult" to organise the repatriation of European nationals from Syria, after US President Donald Trump called on allies to take back alleged jihadists.

Don't abandon us, Syrian Kurds tell Europe

Paris - A top Kurdish official has called on Europe not to abandon Syrian Kurds once the battle against the Islamic State group is over and to help set up an international force to protect them from Turkey.

US army says still helping Saudi-led coalition in Yemen

Abu Dhabi - The US is still supporting the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen, an American army general told AFP Sunday, days after lawmakers voted to end involvement in Riyadh's war effort.

Assad warns Syria's Kurds that US will not protect them

Damascus - President Bashar al-Assad warned Syria's Kurds Sunday that their ally the United States would not protect them against any Turkish offensive as Washington looks to withdraw it troops.

UK teen who joined IS gives birth in Syrian refugee camp

London - A teenager who joined the Islamic State group in Syria but now wants to return to Britain on Sunday gave birth in a refugee camp, as European governments grapple with what to do with returning jihadists ahead of a US troop pullout.

Russia says Syrian Kurds should start dialogue with Assad

Munich - Syria's Kurds should start a dialogue with President Bashar al-Assad as their military allies the United States are readying to pull out, Russia said Sunday.

US-backed Syria force demands IS jihadists surrender

Sulaymaniyah - Islamic State group jihadists defending their last scrap of territory in Syria have no choice but to surrender, a Kurdish-led force said on Monday, ahead of a victory declaration expected within days.

Take back jihadists, Trump tells Europe

Washington - European nations must take back hundreds of Islamic State group fighters captured in Syria, President Donald Trump said late Saturday, after a delay in announcing what he said would be the end of the "caliphate.

US pullout from Syria risks boosting Russia, Iran influence: Merkel

Munich - German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Saturday that Washington's plan to swiftly pull its soldiers out of Syria risks allowing Russia and Iran to boost their role in the region.

Dying days of caliphate in Syria as IS fighters trapped

Sulaymaniyah - Jihadist fighters defending the last dreg of the Islamic State group's "caliphate" Saturday were holed up in half a square kilometre of a village in eastern Syria.

Civilians prompt delay in assault on last IS enclave: Kurd-led forces

"Large numbers" of civilians remain inside the last Islamic State group enclave in Syria prompting a fresh delay in a final advance, Kurdish-led forces said on Saturday.

Trump promises announcement on IS 'caliphate' within '24 hours'

Washington - President Donald Trump on Friday said the United States would be announcing the end of the Islamic State group's once-sprawling "caliphate" within the next day.

Mines and tunnels slow final Syria onslaught on IS

Kurdish-led forces cleared landmines and searched for tunnels blocking their advance Friday on the last square kilometre of an east Syria village defended by a few hundred Islamic State jihadists.

IS teen's wish to return stirs UK debate over jihadi brides

London - A pregnant London schoolgirl's wish to return home after joining the Islamic State group in Syria splintered Britain on Friday as reports emerged of more UK women fleeing the war zone.

Tribal truckers, praying paramedics: mixed bag on last IS front

- As destitute civilians stumble out of the Islamic State group's last enclave in east Syria, a mixed bag of unlikely characters are pitching in to help get them to safety.

US struggles to convince anti-IS allies to secure Syria after it leaves

Munich - Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan struggled Friday to convince sceptical allies in the coalition fighting the Islamic State to help secure Syria once American soldiers pull out.

Canadian woman jailed for attack in name of IS group

Ottawa - A Canadian woman found guilty of terror crimes for trying to join the Islamic State group and in its name attacking staff at a department store was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison.

UK teen runaway who joined IS 'wants to come home'

London - An unrepentant British teenager who joined the Islamic State group in Syria said in an interview Thursday that she wanted to come home, highlighting the challenge for Western governments on how to deal with returning jihadist supporters.

Syria jihadists trapped in last square kilometre

Islamic State group jihadists using tunnels and suicide bombers were mounting a desperate defence Thursday of their last square kilometre in eastern Syria.

Russia, Turkey, Iran to hold Syria summit

Sochi - Russian President Vladimir Putin was set to host his Iranian and Turkish counterparts Thursday to discuss how to resolve the conflict in Syria as Islamic State jihadists made a last stand in the east of the country and Washington prepares to withdraw t...

In Syria, families flee IS holdout to dust and desperation

- The cry echoed across the chalk-dry Syrian plain: "Water!" Within seconds, the truck carrying a few dozen bottles was emptied by parched refugees who had spent the night out in the open.

Germany arrests 2 alleged Syrian ex-secret service officers

Berlin - Germany has arrested two alleged former Syrian secret service officers accused of torture and crimes against humanity, prosecutors said Wednesday.The men, 56-year-old Anwar R. and Eyad A.

IS defends last Syria redoubt, as family members flee

- Jihadist fighters made a desperate last stand in eastern Syria on Wednesday, while their wives and children fled the final, blood-soaked implosion of the Islamic State group's "caliphate".

In eastern Syria, the infants of a dying IS 'caliphate'

- They were born in a "state" that no longer exists, most to fathers who are dead and mothers whose countries don't want them back. These are the children pouring out of Baghouz.

Hundreds flee US-backed Syria battle for last IS holdout

- US-backed forces pressed the battle to expel diehard jihadists from the last pocket of land under their control in eastern Syria on Tuesday after hundreds fled the holdout overnight.

US-backed Syrian forces battle to take last IS pocket

Sulaymaniyah - Syrian fighters backed by artillery fire from a US-led coalition battled a fierce jihadist counteroffensive Monday as they pushed to retake a last morsel of territory from the Islamic State group.

Canadian jihadist says IS foreign fighters 'hung out to dry'

Tanriverdi - A Canadian jihadist detained in Syria told AFP on Sunday he has been "hung out to dry" by the Islamic State group like other foreign fighters and appealed to his government for help.

'Heavy clashes' as US-backed forces make final push against IS

Tanriverdi - US-backed forces were locked in fierce fighting Sunday as they pressed the battle against the last shred of the Islamic State group's "caliphate" in eastern Syria.
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