WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Saturday hailed the defeat of Islamic State fighters in their self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa as “a critical breakthrough” in a worldwide campaign against the militants. On Friday, the…
RAQQA: US-backed rebels said on Sunday they were launching an operation to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of Islamic State. The attack ratchets up pressure on the militant group at a critical moment, with its…
ARBIL, IRAQ: US defence chief Ashton Carter said on Sunday that an operation to isolate the Islamic State group in Syria's Raqqa should begin in conjunction with the assault on their Iraqi bastion Mosul. "We want to see an isolation…
PARIS: The international coalition targeting Islamic State extremists should move on to take the group's headquarters in Raqqa in Syria once the battle in Mosul in Iraq has been won, a top US official said on Friday. Tens of thousands of…
ISTANBUL: Turkey wants to join the United States in a military operation to push Islamic State from its Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, as long as it excludes Kurdish rebel forces, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying on Sunday.
LONDON: One of three schoolgirls who left London in February 2015 to join the Islamic State militant group has died, her family lawyer told Reuters on Thursday.
WASHINGTON: The U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State needs to take back the cities Mosul and Raqqa and will use "boots on the ground" as part of its strategy in doing so, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Friday.
Suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the heart of Indonesia's capital on Thursday and the assault was claimed by Islamic state, the first time the radical group has targeted the world's most populous Muslim nation.
RAQQA: At least 32 Islamic State fighters were killed and 40 more wounded in Syria's Raqqa province on Sunday, in a series of air strikes believed to be carried out by a U.S.-led coalition targeting the jihadists, a monitoring group said.