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Hundreds leave IS-held area in Syria as fighting slows down

Hundreds leave IS-held area in Syria as fighting slows downBAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — Hundreds of people, including Islamic State fighters, evacuated the extremist group's last foothold in eastern Syria on Monday, after U.S.-backed Syrian fighters again slowed their offensive to allow a way out of the tiny enclave.



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Civilians, including many children, leave IS-held enclave

Civilians, including many children, leave IS-held enclaveBAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — Young girls and boys stared out of the back of trucks, their faces dirty, their eyes filled with terror, exhaustion and uncertainty, as hundreds of men, women and children were evacuated from the Islamic State group's last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday. The evacuation may signal an imminent end to the territorial rule of the militants self-declared "caliphate" that once stretched across much of Syria and Iraq.



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Strikes kill 23 civilians in IS-held area in Syria: monitor

Strikes kill 23 civilians in IS-held area in Syria: monitorAir strikes killed at least 23 civilians including 10 children in a village held by the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said. “We don’t know for the moment if the US-led international coalition or Iraqi forces carried out the strike” on the village of Al-Qasr in Hasakeh province, the Observatory said. The US-led coalition, which is backing a Kurdish-Arab alliance fighting IS near Syria’s eastern border with Iraq, denied it carried out the strikes.



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Syria troops, allies retake most of last IS-held town: monitor

Syria troops, allies retake most of last IS-held town: monitorSyrian troops and allied fighters advanced Saturday to capture most of Albu Kamal, a monitor said, in a tug-of-war over the Islamic State group’s last urban stronghold in the country. The town in Syria’s oil-rich Deir Ezzor province has changed hands several times, with government troops announcing its capture but losing it to a blistering IS counter-attack a week ago. Syria’s army and Lebanese, Iranian and Iraqi loyalists re-entered Albu Kamal two days ago and by Saturday had taken most of it from IS, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.



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Iraq launches operation to take back IS-held town near Mosul

Iraq launches operation to take back IS-held town near MosulABU GHADDUR, Iraq (AP) — U.S.-backed Iraqi forces on Sunday launched a multi-pronged assault to retake the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, marking the next phase in the country's war on the Islamic State group.



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Thousands flee as Iraq steps up airstrikes on IS-held town

Thousands flee as Iraq steps up airstrikes on IS-held townBADOUSH, Iraq (AP) — Thousands of Iraqis have fled an Islamic State-held town west of Mosul as Iraqi and coalition warplanes step up strikes ahead of a ground offensive to drive out the militants.



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AP Explains: Iraq's slow grind to retake IS-held Mosul

AP Explains: Iraq's slow grind to retake IS-held MosulBAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's fight to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group has been the largest and the longest operation against the extremists in the nearly three years since they overran a third of the country. Mosul is Iraq's second-largest city after the capital Baghdad and was a key logistical and economic hub for IS when the extremists' footprint spanned much of Iraq's north and into neighboring Syria. Iraq's prime minister had originally pledged Mosul would be retaken by the end of 2016, but it quickly became clear IS planned to draw out their inevitable defeat, leaving destruction and human suffering in their wake.



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Syria US-backed fighters take IS-held airport: spokesman

Syria US-backed fighters take IS-held airport: spokesmanFighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces, a US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance, on Sunday seized a military airport from the Islamic State jihadist group in northern Syria, a spokesman said. The capture of Tabqa airbase comes as the alliance prepares an attack on IS’s de facto Syrian capital Raqa, seeking to effectively surround the city before launching its assault. SDF forces are also battling for the nearby Tabqa dam, held by IS, which was forced out of service on Sunday after its power station was damaged, a technical source there told AFP.



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US-backed Syrian fighters reach IS-held dam in north Syria

US-backed Syrian fighters reach IS-held dam in north SyriaBEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian fighters reached a major dam held by the Islamic State group in northern Syria Friday as Syria's U.N. ambassador said hundreds of American personnel are "invading my country," insisting that any effort to liberate the city of Raqqa — the de facto capital of the Islamic State group — should be done in coordination with the Damascus government.



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The Latest: Clashes erupt near key IS-held dam in Syria

The Latest: Clashes erupt near key IS-held dam in SyriaBEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):



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