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Aid convoy reaches Syria's Deir al-Zor after three-year siege

An aid convoy has reached Deir al Zor.An aid convoy arrived at Deir al-Zor in eastern Syria on Thursday, bringing supplies to soldiers and civilians days after the Syrian army broke a three-year Islamic State siege, Syrian state media reported.


Syrian army, allies race to relieve Deir al-Zor

Deir al-Zor.Syria’s army and its allies raced towards their enclave in the Euphrates city of Deir al-Zor after a rapid advance on Sunday, seeking to relieve it after years of Islamic State siege as jihadist defences suddenly collapsed.


'Gates of Hell' - Iraqi army says fighting near Tal Afar worse than Mosul

Iraqi forces clash with Islamic State militants in Tal Afar.Iraqi forces battling to retake the small town of al-’Ayadiya where militants fleeing Tal Afar have entrenched themselves, saying on Tuesday the fighting is “multiple times worse” than the battle for Mosul’s old city.

Iraqi forces face tough resistance from IS in final Tal Afar battle

Iraqi soldiers firing mortars near Tal Afar.Iraqi forces said they faced tough resistance on Monday from Islamic State fighters driven out of the city of Tal Afar to a small town where they had “nothing to lose” by fighting to the end.


In Syrian skies, U.S. pilots learn how fast air war can morph

F-15E Strike Eagles.U.S. Air Force pilot Lieutenant Colonel Jeremy Renken knew that whatever happened next might escalate the war in Syria.


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