Image by Rappler.com ISIS is no longer present anywhere in the Hama province of Syria for the first time in 3 years
BEIRUT, Lebanon (Oct. 4, 2017) — The Syrian army and allied fighters drove the Islamic State group (ISIS) from their last positions in the central province of Hama on Wednesday, October 4, after heavy fighting, a monitor said.
Continue reading Syria army ousts ISIS from all of Hama province – monitor Image by Rappler.com The town of Hawija is among the final holdouts from the territory seized by ISIS in 2014 and its recapture would leave only a handful of remote outposts in ISIS hands
HAWIJA, Iraq (Oct. 4, 2017) — Iraqi forces pushed into the Islamic State (ISIS) group stronghold of Hawija on Wednesday, October 4, commanders said, stepping up their assault against one of the jihadists’ last enclaves in the country.
Continue reading Iraq forces push into ISIS bastion Hawija WELCOME. Children flash the victory gesture as a military convoy carrying US-made Oshkosh armored vehicles, bulldozers, and arms headed for Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighting in Raqa, passes through the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli on September 19, 2017. Delil Souleiman/AFP Under siege in the northern city for 3 months, ISIS is struggling to defend its one-time bastion under a barrage of air strikes by the US-led coalition battling the jihadists in Syria and Iraq
BEIRUT, Lebanon (Sept. 21, 2017) — US-backed fighters have seized 90% of Raqa from the Islamic State (ISIS) group, a monitor said Wednesday, September 20, as they announced they were in the “final stages” of capturing the jihadists’ Syrian stronghold.
Continue reading US-backed force seizes 90% of Syria’s Raqa from ISIS Image by Rappler.com Thousands of evacuees from Fuaa and Kafraya have waited in Rashidin for more than a day when a bomb goes off. The evacuation resumes following the blast
BEIRUT, Lebanon (Apr. 16, 2017) — A suicide car bomb attack on buses carrying Syrians evacuated from 2 besieged government-held towns killed 43 people on Saturday, April 15, as US-backed fighters advanced in their push towards the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) group’s Raqa stronghold.
Continue reading Dozens dead as car bomb hits Syria evacuees PATROL. Manbij Military Council forces, part of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), drive a humvee as they patrol the surrounding roads of in the northern Syrian town of Manbij on March 3, 2017. Delil Souleiman/AFP Most of the fleeing civilians have gone to areas around Manbij, under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces
BEIRUT, Lebanon (Mar. 5, 2017) — Tens of thousands of Syrian civilians have fled advancing Russian-backed regime forces fighting Islamic State (IS or ISIS) group jihadists in the north over the past week, a monitoring group said on Saturday, March 4.
Continue reading Thousands flee Syria army advance in north – monitor RAQA OPERATION. Jihan Sheikh Ahmed (C), a spokeswoman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), holds a press conference in the town of Ain Issa on November 6, 2016, to announce that the US-backed alliance has begun an operation to capture the Islamic State group’s de facto Syrian capital Raqa. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP The operation to liberate Raqa, dubbed ‘Wrath of the Euphrates,’ involves some 30,000 fighters
AIN ISSA, Syria (Nov. 7, 2016) — US-backed Kurdish-Arab forces launched an offensive Sunday, November 6, on the Islamic State (ISIS) group’s de facto Syrian capital Raqa, upping pressure on the jihadists who are already battling Iraqi troops in Mosul.
Continue reading US-backed forces launch assault on Syrian ISIS ‘capital’ WAR-TORN. Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) walk amid the rubble of destroyed buildings in the northern Syrian town of Manbij on August 7, 2016, as they comb the city in search of the last remaining jihadists, a day after they retook it from the Islamic State group. File photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP The retreat of ISIS from the city of Manbij marks the jihadists’ worst defeat yet at the hands of the Syrian Democratic Forces
BEIRUT, Lebanon (Aug. 14, 2016) — Islamic State group jihadists have released hundreds of civilians used as human shields while fleeing a crumbling stronghold in northern Syria, but the fate of others remained unknown on Saturday, August 13.
Continue reading ISIS frees hundreds of ‘human shields’ in Syria Image by Rappler.com The push will be supported by airstrikes from the US-led coalition bombing ISIS in Iraq and Syria
BEIRUT, Lebanon (May 24, 2016) — A Kurdish-Arab alliance on Tuesday, May 24, announced the launch of a major assault against the Islamic State (ISIS) group north of the Syrian bastion of Raqa.
Continue reading Kurdish-Arab forces announce anti-ISIS offensive north of Syria’s Raqa