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Middle East

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.


“Staggering” loss of civilian life in Raqqa

Staggering loss of civilian life in RqqqaIntensified coalition air strikes supporting an assault by US-backed forces on Islamic State's stronghold of Raqqa in Syria are causing a "staggering loss of civilian life", United Nations war crimes investigators said.

Syrian militia advance in IS-held Raqqa

US-backed forces advance in RaqqaUS-backed Syrian militias advanced further into Islamic State's Syrian stronghold Raqqa from the east, reaching the walls of the Old City, a war monitor and a militia spokesman said.

From "caliph" to fugitive: IS leader Baghdadi's new life on the run

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is on the brink of losing the two main centres of his 'caliphate' but even though he is on the run, it may take years to capture or kill him, officials and experts said.


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