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Syrian rebels have bombed regime positions in the northwest of the country in retaliation for a Russian airstrike which killed up to 100 fighters.

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Timeline: A history of US-Iraq relations since 2003

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Timeline: A history of US-Iraq relations since 2003

The US assassination of General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad comes after a long history of US military intervention on Iraqi soil.

Trump says Islamic State leader 'died like a dog'

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Trump says Islamic State leader 'died like a dog'

Baghdadi killed himself and three of his children with a suicide vest as US special operations forces approached his position, the US president ...

Turkey, Syrian Kurds claim credit in Baghdadi death operation

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Turkey, Syrian Kurds claim credit in Baghdadi death operation

Ankara and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have rushed to claim credit for their efforts in the operation that killed IS leader Abu ...

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Islamic State leader 'killed himself' during US raid

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi reportedly committed suicide during a US military raid in Syria's Idlib region, US media reported.

Giorgio Cafiero and Daniel Wagner

Burkina Faso: Islamic State and Al-Qaeda's new sanctuary

Comment: Porous borders, extreme poverty and easily available weaponry help make Burkina Faso an ideal refuge for Islamic State, write Giorgio ...

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IS chief Baghdadi threatens revenge attacks following defeat

In the first video of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State chief acknowledged recent defeats but vowed to launch "revenge" attacks.

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IS chief appears for first time in five years

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who has been announced dead on several occasions, has appeared for the first time in five years in a new propaganda video ...

Exclusive: US warplanes drop $25-million reward leaflets for Baghdadi

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Exclusive: US warplanes drop $25-million reward leaflets for Baghdadi

US warplanes dropped leaflets over Iraq offering reward of $25 million in return for information that would lead to the capture or killing of ...

James Snell

Shamima Begum's media circus in the Syrian desert

Analysis: Begum has not only come to represent the Islamic State's protected and inglorious denouement, but also a physical representation for ...

Palestinian champions book their place in AFC Cup

Uri Levy

Palestinian champions book their place in AFC Cup

Al-Hilal, Jerusalem's Lions, now face opposition from Syrian, Lebanese and Jordanian giants.

Syrian rebel groups begin withdrawing heavy arms

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Syrian rebel groups begin withdrawing heavy arms

Opposition activists have said that two rebel groups have started withdrawing their heavy weapons from the designated demilitarised zone.

Who's who in Syria?

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Who's who in Syria?

In-depth: The chaotic situation in Syria has seen the creation of many militias and the militarisation of many political parties. We have ...

Al-Qaeda in Syria losing ground amid fierce rivalries

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Al-Qaeda in Syria losing ground amid fierce rivalries

Beset by infighting and assassinations, the extremist group has been driven from nearly all of the northern province of Aleppo in the past three ...

Karim Traboulsi

His darkest hours: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi 'injured and depressed'

Badly injured, depressed and ill, the leader of the largely decimated Islamic State group, once the world's most formidable terror organisation, is reportedly living his final days.

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Trump 'wrong' to retweet anti-Muslim videos, says Downing Street

It was wrong for President Trump to retweet videos posted by far-right group, Downing Street says.

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Final evacuation of Syrian rebels from Lebanon border begins

The media arm of Lebanon’s militant Hizballah group says hundreds of Syrian rebels and civilians have started leaving the Lebanon-Syria border ...

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7 White Helmets members shot dead in northwestern Syria

Gunmen early on Saturday stormed an office of a Syrian paramedic group that is active in opposition-controlled areas, killing seven of its ...

Dance or die: Refugee camp to Dutch National Ballet

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Dance or die: Refugee camp to Dutch National Ballet

Society: Born stateless in Yarmouk Camp, the largest Palestinian refugee community in Syria, Joudeh has faced a lifetime of adversity in his ...

Paul Iddon

Turkey prepares to ramp up fight against Syrian Kurds

Analysis: Ankara wants to oust the YPG from Tel Rifaat, according to Turkish newspaper reports.

US-led coalition 'cannot confirm' IS chief death

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US-led coalition 'cannot confirm' IS chief death

The Russian army said earlier that it hit IS leaders in an airstrike in Syria last month and was seeking to verify whether Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ...

Moscow claims it may have killed IS leader Baghdadi

Karim Traboulsi

Moscow claims it may have killed IS leader Baghdadi

Moscow says its jets may have killed leader of world's most notorious terror organisation in a May airstrike. If true it would be a major ...

IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi dead, says Syria monitor

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IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi dead, says Syria monitor

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it has "confirmed information" that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed.

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