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IS-held Raqa 'worst place' in Syria: UN

Geneva - Territory still controlled by the Islamic State group in Raqa is "the worst place" in Syria, the UN said Thursday, as fresh reports emerged of more civilians killed by US-led coalition air strikes.

Rosary in hand, Christians flee Syria's IS-held Raqa

Ak - Sawsan Karapetyan and her family lived in fear for years as some of the only Christians in the Islamic State group's Syrian stronghold Raqa. On Tuesday she fled, clutching her rosary.

Food access in Syria's Raqa at 'critical turning point': NGOs

Birut - Food access in Syria's battle-torn Raqa is now at "a critical turning point," aid organisations said Monday, with markets shuttered and residents depending fully on their dwindling stockpiles.

Squeezed in Raqa, IS jihadists ramp up counter-attacks

Ak - As Islamic State group fighters steadily lose chunks of their Syrian bastion Raqa to a US-backed force, the jihadists are ramping up the ferocity of their counter-attacks.

Syrian civilians fleeing IS in Raqa turn to smugglers

Ak - Civilians fleeing the Islamic State group's Syrian bastion of Raqa are paying smugglers to lead them out of the city safely, only to find themselves caught up in harrowing attacks.

Sold by IS in Raqa, Yazidi female fighters back for revenge

Ak - She was trafficked into Raqa as a sex slave by the Islamic State group but managed to escape. Now Yazidi fighter Heza is back to avenge the horrors she and thousands of others suffered.

Syrian displaced by IS fight paints his heartache

Ak - Under the Islamic State group's rule, Syrian farmer Faysal was forced to hide his sketches and paintings, but displaced by fighting he has finally been able to resume his beloved hobby.

Air strikes pummel Syria's Raqa as US-backed forces advance on IS

Ak - Heavy bombardment and fierce fighting shook the Islamic State group's Syrian stronghold Raqa on Monday, as US-backed forces said they captured a new neighbourhood from entrenched jihadists.

Saving the grapes of Raqa

Ak - Since she fled her home near the jihadist stronghold of Raqa in northern Syria more than a month ago, Warda al-Jassem has been impatient to return -- to water her vine.

US-backed forces say advancing against IS in Syria's Raqa

Ak - US-backed forces said Monday they had seized a new neighbourhood from the Islamic State group in the jihadist stronghold of Raqa in northern Syria.

Tragic end to Raqa family's hopes of burying loved ones

Ak - While thousands of people scramble to flee Syria's battle-torn Raqa, members of the Sheikh Wais family bravely headed back in to recover the bodies of loved ones killed there.

Up to 50,000 civilians trapped in Raqa: UN

Geneva - Up to 50,000 civilians remain trapped in the Syrian jihadist stronghold of Raqa, the UN said Tuesday, warning that supplies of water and other essentials were fast running out.

Anti-IS forces struggle to gain ground in Raqa: monitor

Birut - US-backed forces struggled to gain ground against the Islamic State group in Syria's Raqa on Friday, facing a wave of car bombs and mortars unleashed by the jihadists, a monitor said.

'US-led strikes killed 224 civilians since allies entered Raqa'

Birut - US-led coalition air strikes have killed at least 224 civilians since the Syrian forces it backs entered Islamic State group bastion Raqa a month ago, a monitor said on Thursday.

US-backed forces face fierce IS resistance in Raqa Old City

Birut - US-backed fighters inched forwards in Raqa's Old City against fierce resistance Wednesday, after penetrating the heart of the Islamic State group's Syrian bastion, a spokesman and a monitor said.

US-backed forces breach wall in Syria IS stronghold Raqa

Washington - US-backed forces in Syria have entered the most heavily fortified area of Raqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State group, in what a US official says is a "key milestone" in the war against the jihadist force.

US-backed force enters Syria's Raqa from south: monitor

Birut - US-backed fighters pierced jihadist-held Raqa from the south for the first time on Sunday, crossing the Euphrates River to enter a new part of the Syrian city, a monitor said.

US-backed forces in new attack on IS in Syria's Raqa: monitor

Birut - US-backed fighters have launched a renewed attack on Islamic State group jihadists inside their Syrian bastion Raqa, seeking to retake a key eastern neighbourhood, a monitor said on Saturday.

IS retakes Raqa district from US-backed forces: monitor

Birut - Islamic State group jihadists recaptured an eastern district of their Syrian bastion Raqa on Friday, a monitor said, rolling back the advance of US-backed fighters.

Rosaries and rifles: Syria Christians take on IS in Raqa

Ak - An ivory-coloured rosary swings from the rearview mirror of Abboud Seryan's pickup truck as he speeds through Syria's Raqa, inspecting the positions of fellow Christian fighters taking on the Islamic State group.

Children lead the way as Raqa families escape jihadists

Ak - Trapped in their homes in Raqa and running out of supplies, Ahmad Shaabu, his family and their neighbours were increasingly desperate. It was the children who finally helped them to escape.

US-backed force has seized a quarter of Raqa from IS: monitor

Birut - US-backed fighters have seized a quarter of Syria's Raqa from the Islamic State group, a monitor said Monday, less than three weeks after they first entered the northern city.

Fighters from Syria's Raqa battle to oust IS from their hometown

Ak - Khalil al-Hussein fled the Islamic State group's Syrian stronghold Raqa 18 months ago, but now he is back and fighting to help oust the jihadists from his hometown.

Indonesians decry IS 'lies' after fleeing Syria's Raqa

Ak - When Leefa set out from Indonesia for the Islamic State group's Syrian stronghold of Raqa, she says she thought she was headed to an earthly paradise for the faithful.

Indonesians decry IS 'lies' after fleeing Syria's Raqa

Ak - When Leefa set out from Indonesia for the Islamic State group's Syrian stronghold of Raqa, she says she thought she was headed to an earthly paradise for the faithful.

Indonesians decry IS 'lies' after fleeing Syria's Raqa

Ak - When Leefa set out from Indonesia for the Islamic State group's Syrian stronghold of Raqa, she says she thought she was headed to an earthly paradise for the faithful.

Daunting aid challenges as civilians flee Syria's Raqa

Birut - The battle to oust the Islamic State group from its stronghold of Raqa is creating daunting challenges for aid groups responding to the latest humanitarian crisis in the Syrian conflict.

US-backed Syria force advances in Raqa, battles for base

Ak - US-backed Syrian fighters seized a second district of Raqa on Sunday and launched a renewed assault on a base north of the city, as they pursued an offensive against the Islamic State group.

US-backed Syria force advances in Raqa, battles for base

Ak - US-backed Syrian fighters seized a second district of Raqa on Sunday and launched a renewed assault on a base north of the city, as they pursued an offensive against the Islamic State group.

US-backed Syria force advances in Raqa, battles for base

Ak - US-backed Syrian fighters seized a second district of Raqa on Sunday and launched a renewed assault on a base north of the city, as they pursued an offensive against the Islamic State group.
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A fighter from the Syrian Military Council (SMC), Christian fighters supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces against the Islamic State group, walks on the western outskirts of Raqa on June 27, 2017
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