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World 08 Dec 2017 | 12:34 AM

Defector says thousands of Islamic State fighters left Raqqa in secret deal

ANKARA (Reuters) - A high-level defector from Kurdish-led forces that captured the Syrian city of Raqqa from Islamic State has recanted his account of the city's fall, saying thousands of IS fighters - many more than first reported - left under a secret, U.S.-approved deal.

World 09 Nov 2017 | 11:50 PM

Syria declares victory over Islamic State

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's army declared victory over Islamic State on Thursday, saying its capture of the jihadists' last town in the country marked the collapse of their three-year, hardline reign in the region.

World 28 Oct 2017 | 6:23 AM

Islamic State guerrilla attacks point to its future strategy

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian and Iraqi forces closing in on the last scraps of Islamic State's caliphate straddling the remote border area between the two countries have already witnessed the jihadists' likely response.

World 15 Oct 2017 | 9:35 PM

Final assault starts on Syria's Raqqa as some Islamic State fighters quit

AIN ISSA, Syria/BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S.-backed militias launched their "final" assault on Syria's Raqqa on Sunday after letting a convoy of Islamic State fighters and their families quit the city, leaving only a hardcore of jihadists to mount a last stand.

World 31 Aug 2017 | 10:25 AM

U.S.-led jets strike in Syria to block Islamic State evacuation deal

BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S.-led warplanes on Wednesday blocked a convoy of Islamic State fighters and their families from reaching territory the group holds in eastern Syria and struck some of their comrades travelling to meet them, a coalition spokesman said.

World 28 Aug 2017 | 11:39 PM

Islamic State leaves Syria-Lebanon border zone

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A convoy of Islamic State fighters and their families left the Lebanon-Syria border region on Monday under Syrian military escort, surrendering their enclave and travelling to eastern Syria after a week-long battle.

World 03 Aug 2017 | 11:01 PM

Three years since Islamic State attack, Yazidi wounds still open

SINJAR, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraq's Yazidis marked three years since Islamic State launched what the United Nations said was a genocidal campaign against them on Thursday, but their ordeal is far from over despite the ouster of the jihadist fighters.

World 20 Jul 2017 | 3:09 PM

After Mosul, Islamic State digs in for guerrilla warfare

MOSUL (Reuters) - Islamic State militants began reinventing themselves months before U.S.-backed Iraqi forces ended their three-year reign of terror in Mosul, putting aside the dream of a modern-day caliphate and preparing the ground for a different fight.

World 17 Jul 2017 | 1:41 PM

As Islamic State militants routed in Iraq, their families fear reprisals

BARTELLA, Iraq (Reuters) - Their husbands, sons and brothers are dead, but the women and children Islamic State militants left behind will live to pay the price for their actions.

World 25 Jun 2017 | 8:58 PM

Mosul celebrates first Eid without Islamic State in years

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - People in the Iraqi city of Mosul celebrated their first Muslim Eid holiday without Islamic State in years on Sunday after the militants were ejected from much of the city, and hoped the battle to recapture the remaining area would soon be over.