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U.S. will take weapons from Kurds after Islamic State defeat - Turkey

Kurdish fighters.The United States has told Turkey it will take back weapons supplied to the Kurdish YPG militia in northern Syria after the defeat of Islamic State, Ankara said on Thursday, seeking to address Turkish concerns about arming Kurds on its border.


Iraqi forces advance on Mosul mosque where IS declared caliphate

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.U.S.-backed Iraqi forces on Wednesday began a push towards the mosque in Mosul where Islamic State declared a self-styled caliphate three years ago, military officials said.


Syrians fear new Raqqa turmoil once Islamic State is defeated

altU.S.-backed forces are closing in on Islamic State in Raqqa, but local Syrians who have escaped the battlefield are worried about what comes after the fight.


By keeping U.S. focus on Islamic State, Trump risks wider Syria war

Kurdish fighters firing at a drone in Syria.President Donald Trump has ordered stepped-up military operations against Islamic State and delegated more authority to his generals, but without a comprehensive Syria strategy, his approach risks further confrontation with Syria, Iran and even Russia, according to U.S. officials and analysts.


Iraqi forces storm Islamic State-held Old City of Mosul

An Iraqi tank advances in Mosul.Iraqi forces began storming the Islamic State-held Old City of Mosul on Sunday, in an assault they hope will be the last in the eight-month-old campaign to seize the militants' stronghold.


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