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Fighters in Syria's Raqa prepare for civilian handover

Ak - US-backed forces who captured Raqa from the Islamic State group prepared Thursday to hand the Syrian city over to a civilian authority, with some of their fighters already headed to the next battle.

Next round of Syria talks at end October: Kazakhstan

Astana - Fresh talks on the Syria conflict will be held in Astana at the end of the month, Kazakhstan said Thursday, as part of a Moscow-led push to end the six-year conflict.

After IS, rotting corpses and empty jail cells in Syria's Raqa

Ak - Days ago in Syria's Raqa, die-hard jihadists made their final stand in the city's national hospital. On Wednesday, it stood eerily silent, its entrance inhabited only by swarming flies and two rotting corpses.

After Raqa, what's next for the US military in Syria

Washington - The Islamic State group's defeat in Raqa, their de facto Syrian capital, raises a thorny question for the US forces that have been training and arming the victorious local fighters: What comes next?

US, Russia headed for clash over UN gas attack probe

New York - The United States on Wednesday was headed for a showdown at the United Nations with Russia over prolonging the mandate of an investigative panel looking into who is responsible for chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

Rojda Felat, female commander who led Raqa battle

Birut - A viral photo shows her celebrating the capture of Raqa, but Rojda Felat is more than a poster girl: she commanded thousands of fighters who clinched a defining victory against jihadists.

Wanted dead, not alive: France's approach to IS jihadists

Paris - France's attitude to the killing of its citizens in Syria fighting for the Islamic State group has rarely been as frankly stated as it was in the lead up to the fall of Raqa.

Forces comb ghost city Raqa after IS ouster

Ak - Two days after retaking Raqa from Islamic State group jihadists and dealing their dreams of statehood a fatal blow, US-backed forces combed the ruins of the Syrian city for survivors and bombs.

About 400 IS fighters recently surrendered in Raqa: US

Washington - About 400 Islamic State members -- including foreign fighters -- have in recent weeks surrendered to US-backed forces in the jihadists' former Syrian stronghold Raqa, a US military official said Tuesday.

Fighters celebrate Raqa victory on 'Roundabout of Hell'

Ak - With his only hand, Hazem Kobane planted the yellow flag of the Syrian Democratic Forces on Tuesday in the notorious roundabout in Raqa where Islamic State group jihadists carried out gruesome beheadings.

US strategy sees Raqa fall but leaves Kurds in lurch

Washington - The fall of the Islamic State group's last bastion in Syria was a victory for Washington's military plan, but comes as the US political strategy for the region seems to stumble.

Two rescued Aleppo tigers settle into new Dutch home

De Beek - Two tigers, rescued traumatised and emaciated from war in Syria, have arrived in a Dutch refuge and are settling into their new, quiet home far from the conflict.

Islamic State group loses emblematic Syria stronghold Raqa

Ak - US-backed forces took full control of Raqa from the Islamic State group on Tuesday, defeating the last jihadist holdouts in the de facto Syrian capital of their now-shattered "caliphate".

Israel says strikes Syrian anti-aircraft battery in response to fire

Jerusalem - Israel's military carried out an air strike on an anti-aircraft battery in Syria on Monday after it fired toward its planes, while vowing it sought no further escalation in the war-torn country.

IS fighters stage last stand as Raqa capture nears

Ak - US-backed fighters battled hundreds of Islamic State group jihadists holed up in the last pockets of Syria's Raqa, as the former extremist stronghold stood on the verge of capture.

US-backed forces in toughest Raqa fighting yet: spokeswoman

Birut - The US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance fighting to wrest the Syrian city of Raqa from the Islamic State group was engaged Monday in its toughest fighting yet, a spokeswoman said.

To beat IS, Syria force goes backs to basics

Ak - Once the last Islamic State group fighters are ousted from Syria's Raqa, the unconventional forces battling the jihadists say they'll have batteries and masking tape to thank for their victory.

3,000 civilians flee Syria's Raqa under deal: militia spokesman

Birut - More than 3,000 civilians have fled the Islamic State group's former Syrian stronghold Raqa, leaving behind only relatives of foreign IS fighters, a US-backed militia attacking the city said Sunday.

'Final phase' of battle for Raqa as civilians flee under deal

Ak - US-backed forces announced Sunday the "final phase" of the battle to retake Syria's Raqa, after the city was evacuated except for foreign Islamic State group fighters and their families.

US-backed force announces 'final phase' of Raqa battle

Ak - The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces on Sunday announced the "final phase" of the battle to capture Raqa, once the Syrian stronghold of the Islamic State group.

Some IS foreign fighters have left Raqa under deal: local official

Ak - Some foreign Islamic State group fighters have left the one-time jihadist bastion of Raqa in Syria under a deal as the city's capture nears, a local official said Sunday.

Once promised paradise, IS fighters end up in mass graves

- The Islamic State group once drew recruits from near and far with promises of paradise but now bodies of jihadists lie in mass graves or at the mercy of wild dogs as its "caliphate" collapses.

Foreign, Syrian IS fighters to evacuate Raqa in deal: local official

Yildiz - Syrian and foreign Islamic State group fighters are to evacuate their one-time bastion Raqa as part of an agreement brokered by tribal leaders, a senior local official told AFP Saturday.

Syria army, allies capture Mayadeen from IS: state media

Damascus - Syrian troops and allied forces captured the city of Mayadeen from the Islamic State group on Saturday, state media said, in the latest blow to the jihadist group.

Evacuation deal for Syria's Raqa as city's capture nears

Yildiz - Foreign and Syrian jihadists from the Islamic State group are to evacuate their former stronghold of Raqa, as US-backed forces near the capture of the city, a senior official said Saturday.

100 IS fighters surrender in Raqa in 24 hours: US-led coalition

Yildiz - Dozens of Islamic State group fighters have surrendered over the past day in their one-time bastion Raqa, the US-led coalition backing the offensive on the Syrian city said Saturday.

Russia raises doubts about UN probe of Syria gas attack

New York - Russia on Friday complained that UN investigators who this week traveled to a Syrian airfield allegedly used to launch the sarin gas attack on Khan Sheikhun did not take samples, a lapse described as "scandalous.

Two tigers rescued from Aleppo find new Dutch home

Den Haag - Two tigers rescued from an abandoned zoo in the war-torn Syrian town of Aleppo are to be given a new home in a Dutch sanctuary, the animal refuge said Friday.

Call for French ex-minister to answer over Lafarge-IS scandal

Paris - The anti-corruption association Sherpa called Friday for former French foreign minister Laurent Fabius to be questioned over payments made by cement maker Lafarge to the Islamic State group through a Syrian middleman.

EU must watch IS in North Africa 'very carefully': minister

Luxembourg - EU countries must monitor "very carefully" a growing threat from the Islamic State group in North Africa as jihadists relocate there from Iraq and Syria, the bloc's current presidency warned.
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