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Turkey Says U.S. Not Insisting on Kurdish Role in Raqqa Operation

Turkey’s defense minister said on Thursday the new U.S. administration has a more flexible approach to Syria and is not insisting on the Kurdish YPG militia being involved in the operation to drive Islamic State from its Raqqa stronghold. U.S. support for the Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance dominated by the YPG, has caused tensions […]

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Erdogan Says End Goal of Turkish Operation in Syria is Raqqa

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday the final goal of a Turkish incursion into Syria was not just to retake the city of al-Bab from Islamic State, but to cleanse a border region including Raqqa of the jihadists. Turkish-backed Syrian rebels are pressing a major offensive on al-Bab, 30 km (20 miles) south of the […]

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Russia Halted Syrian Army, Rebel Clash in Northern Syria: Sources

Russia intervened to halt a clash between Syrian government forces and Turkey-backed Syrian rebels in northern Syria, sources on both sides said on Friday, the first confrontation between them as both sides fight Islamic State in the area. Islamic State is under attack from separate campaigns in northern Syria by Russian-backed government forces and Turkey-backed […]

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Islamic State Shifts to Libya’s Desert Valleys After Sirte Defeat

Islamic State militants have shifted to desert valleys and inland hills southeast of Tripoli as they seek to exploit Libya’s political divisions after defeat in their former stronghold of Sirte, security officials say. The militants, believed to number several hundred and described as “remnants” of Islamic State’s Libya operation, are trying to foment chaos by […]

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Turkey’s Syria Offensive Stalls at Flashpoint Town

Turkey is enduring the biggest challenge of a five-month military campaign inside Syria as it battles to capture the town of Al-Bab from Islamic State (IS) jihadists, taking heavy casualties and testing an army stretched by post-coup purges. The ambitious “Euphrates Shield” operation — with Turkish forces backing pro-Ankara Syrian rebels in an unprecedented incursion […]