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Islamic State group loses emblematic Syria stronghold Raqqa

11 months, 30 days ago
DAMASCUS: US-backed forces took full control of Raqqa from the Islamic State group on Tuesday, defeating the last militant holdouts in the de facto Syrian capital of their now-shattered "caliphate". The victory caps a battle of more than…

Islamic State attacks Kirkuk as Iraqi forces push on Mosul

1 year, 11 months ago
BAGHDAD, IRAQ: Islamic State launched a major counter-attack on the city of Kirkuk on Friday as Iraqi and Kurdish forces pursued operations to seize territory around Mosul in preparation for an offensive on the militants’ last major…