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World 04 Aug 2014 | 10:45 PM

Insight - Tunnelling through triangle of death, Islamic State aims at Baghdad from south

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Using secret tunnels built by Saddam Hussein and rough terrain to outfox Iraqi troops, Islamic State insurgents are getting dangerously close to Baghdad with the support of heavily-armed Sunni tribesmen, Iraqi security and intelligence officials said.

World 05 Aug 2014 | 6:04 AM

Iraqi PM orders air force to help Kurds fight Islamic State

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki ordered his air force for the first time to back Kurdish forces against Islamic State fighters after the Sunni militants made another dramatic push through the north, state television reported on Monday.

World 23 Mar 2019 | 3:08 AM

Trump says all Islamic State land lost in Syria, SDF says fight continues

PALM BEACH, Fl./BAGHOUZ, Syria (Reuters) - Islamic State militants in eastern Syria still held out late on Friday, the U.S.-backed militia besieging them said, after U.S. President Donald Trump said the jihadist group had lost its last scrap of territory.

World 20 Dec 2018 | 11:35 PM

U.S. air campaign against Islamic State in Syria likely to end

WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The United States will likely end its air campaign against Islamic State in Syria when it pulls out troops, U.S. officials said on Thursday, as President Donald Trump defended the planned withdrawal against criticism from allies abroad and at home.

World 09 Dec 2017 | 11:05 PM

Iraq declares final victory over Islamic State

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared final victory over Islamic State on Saturday after Iraqi forces drove its last remnants from the country, three years after the militant group captured about a third of Iraq's territory.

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.