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Syria army ousts ISIS from all of Hama province – monitor

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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

US-backed force seizes 90% of Syria’s Raqa from ISIS

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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

ISIS chief reported dead after jihadists lose Mosul

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ISIS LEADER. An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on July 5, 2014 by al-Furqan Media allegedly shows the leader of the Islamic State jihadist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, aka Caliph Ibrahim, adressing Muslim worshippers at a mosque in the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Handout photo by al-Furqan Media/AFP

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it had information from top ISIS leaders confirming Baghdadi’s death

BEIRUT, Lebanon (Jul. 11, 2017) — Islamic State group chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reported dead on Tuesday, July 11, a day after Iraq declared it had driven the jihadists from their one-time biggest stronghold of Mosul. Continue reading ISIS chief reported dead after jihadists lose Mosul

ISIS kills more than 50 people in Syria assault

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The Observatory says ISIS seized control of Aqareb and part of Al-Mabujeh in the attack, which began with heavy shelling on a nearby regime checkpoint

BEIRUT, Lebanon (May 18, 2017) — The Islamic State (ISIS) group killed more than 50 people in an attack on two government-held villages in central Syria’s Hama province on Thursday, May 18, a monitor said. Continue reading ISIS kills more than 50 people in Syria assault

First evacuations from Damascus rebel district

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EVACUATION. An elderly Syrian woman in a wheelchair waits next to a bus during an evacuation operation of rebel fighters and their families from rebel-held neighbourhoods in the city of Aleppo on December 15, 2016. File Photo by Karam Al-Masri/AFP

‘Armed men and some of their families have begun leaving Barzeh on 40 buses heading towards northern Syria,’ state television says in a news alert

DAMASCUS, Syria (May 8, 2017) — Syrian rebels and their families began evacuating from a district of Damascus for the first time on Monday, May 8, bringing the government closer to recapturing all of the capital. Continue reading First evacuations from Damascus rebel district

Infighting near Damascus kills 169 – monitor

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Some 156 fighters are killed in the clashes, 67 from the Army of Islam and the rest from Fateh al-Sham and allied forces. The fighting also kills 13 civilians, including two children, and wounded dozens

BEIRUT, Lebanon (May 5, 2017) — A week of infighting killed nearly 169 people in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region outside Syria’s capital Damascus before calm returned on Friday, May 5, a monitor said. Continue reading Infighting near Damascus kills 169 – monitor

Dozens of children dead in Syria evacuees bombing

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At least 68 children are among the 126 people killed in the attack, says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

RASHIDIN, Syria (Apr. 17, 2017) — Nearly 70 children were among those killed when a suicide car bombing tore through buses carrying evacuees from besieged government-held towns in Syria, a monitor said on Sunday, April 16. Continue reading Dozens of children dead in Syria evacuees bombing

Dozens dead as car bomb hits Syria evacuees

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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

Thousands flee anti-ISIS offensives in Iraq and Syria

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DISPLACED. Iraqi families walk down a road as they flee Mosul on March 3, 2017, during an offensive by security forces to retake the western parts of the city from Islamic State fighters. File photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

In just a little over a week, more than 45,000 are displaced in Iraq and over 26,000 are forced to flee in Syria

MOSUL, Iraq (Mar. 6, 2017 ) — Tens of thousands of civilians have fled offensives against the Islamic State (ISIS) group in Iraq and Syria, where the jihadists are battling to keep what remains of their territory, the United Nations (UN) said Sunday, March 5. Continue reading Thousands flee anti-ISIS offensives in Iraq and Syria

Air strikes kill 11 civilians in central Syria – monitor

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‘They are probably Russian air strikes,’ says the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. 45 people are also wounded

BEIRUT, Lebanon – At least 11 civilians were killed and dozens more wounded on Saturday, March 4, in air strikes on a central Syrian village that a monitor said were likely carried out by Russia. Continue reading Air strikes kill 11 civilians in central Syria – monitor