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US-backed forces say have captured Raqqa from IS

BAGHDAD: US-backed forces said Tuesday they had taken full control of Raqqa from the Islamic State group, defeating the last holdouts in the de facto Syrian capital of their now-shattered "caliphate". The Kurdish-Arab Syrian Democratic Forces, who have been fighting inside the northern city since they broke in on June 6, flushed the few hundred IS fighters left in the city from their last positions in the main hospital and the national stadium. "Everything is finished in Raqqa, our forces have taken full control of…

Russia rejects allegation it bombed US-backed fighters in Syria

MOSCOW: Russia’s Defence Ministry on Sunday rejected allegations it had bombed U.S.-backed militias in Syria, saying its planes only targeted Islamic State militants and that it had warned the United States well in advance of its operational plans. U.S.-backed militias said they came under attack on Saturday from Russian jets and Syrian government forces in Deir al-Zor province, a flashpoint in an increasingly complex battlefield. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias fighting…