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UK is 'working with US' over IS 'Beatles' trial

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Amber Rudd says the UK is working with the US to make sure two captured jihadists who were part of a group nicknamed “The Beatles” face justice for their crimes. Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh were the last members of the group of four Britons said to have participated in the torture and beheading Read More

IS 'Prince of Police' warns terrorists planning new attacks

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The man in front of us looked a very unlikely “Prince of Police” for the extremists known as Islamic State, but that is exactly who he said he was – and he had video to prove it. Abu Saqr has trimmed his beard, donned a natty little hat and taken up smoking since he’s left Read More

ISIS is almost gone but the fighting continues: Who’s still in Syria?

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The battle against Islamic State in Syria may be nearing its end, but the conflict in this war-torn country seems far from over. Competing factions and old rivalries have created a complicated, uncertain future for Syria. With so many different warring parties wrestling for control of Syria’s fate, it seems prudent to review the conflict’s Read More

US trying to create ‘quasi-state’ on large part of Syria’s land – Lavrov

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The US has likely taken a “course to create a quasi-state” in the Kurdish SDF militia-held regions of Syria, despite the proclaimed adherence to the territorial integrity of the country, Russia’s FM Sergey Lavrov said. The US activities in Syria are driven by undertaking “dangerous, unilateral steps” instead of trying to “achieve a common understanding” Read More

‘Children pick up things that explode in their hands’ – HRW calls for Raqqa de-mining efforts

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Raqqa residents are desperate for more support from the US-led anti-Islamic State coalition for de-mining efforts as hundreds of people have already been killed, says HRW’s Nadim Houry. Hundreds of civilians, including over 150 children, have been killed by homemade landmines in Syria’s Raqqa since its liberation from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) by the Read More

‘Ghost town’: Residents of ‘liberated’ Raqqa left to rebuild their ruined city unaided

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Months after its liberation from ISIS by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, Raqqa still lies in ruins. However, neither the militants nor the coalition itself seem to be keen on helping to rebuild the destroyed Syrian city. The north-eastern Syrian city, which was once the de-facto capital of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) Read More

Who are the IS fighters nicknamed 'The Beatles'?

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The capture of two British men in Syria means all four of the IS fighters in a notorious group nicknamed ‘The Beatles’ are now accounted for. American officials revealed on Thursday Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh had been detained by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, following the death of ringleader Mohammed Emwazi in a Read More

'Fig leaf of US fighting ISIS in Syria is gone’

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The fig leaf that the US is fighting ISIS in Syria dropped after the coalition airstrikes. The US is there because the neocons want to attack Iran, Daniel McAdams, executive director of the Ron Paul Institute, told RT. In Syria, the US-led coalition conducted airstrikes against pro-government forces on Wednesday, killing over 100 people. US Read More

Turkey bombs giant portrait of Kurdish leader Ocalan near Afrin

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A Turkish airstrike has hit a landmark dedicated to Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan in Syria’s Afrin area. Ocalan is serving a life sentence in a Turkish prison for crimes related to the PKK militant movement. According to Turkish media, the skyward-facing portrait is located on the slope of Mount Darmik in the north-western Syrian Kurdish Read More

‘Crooked idea’: Ankara lashes out at France’s Macron over ‘Syria invasion’ remark

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The Turkish PM has hit back at French President Emmanuel Macron over his remark, which suggested Ankara’s military operation in Syria may be an invasion and a problem for Paris. Turkey insists the op is counter-terrorism. Macron questioned Turkey’s motives for going after the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northwestern Syria in an interview with Read More