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Two hundred families trapped by Islamic State in Syria, U.N. says

Two hundred families trapped by Islamic State in Syria, U.N. saysSome 200 families are trapped in a shrinking area of Syria controlled by Islamic State, whose forces are stopping many from fleeing, U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Tuesday, calling for the families’ safe passage. The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are on the brink of defeating IS in its last pocket in eastern Syria, the village of Baghouz, where it estimates a few hundred Islamic State fighters and about 2,000 civilians are under siege.



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U.S.-backed Syria force seeks help with Islamic State prisoner 'time bomb'

U.S.-backed Syria force seeks help with Islamic State prisoner 'time bomb'The fate of foreign fighters who joined Islamic State, as well as of their wives and children, has become more pressing in recent days as U.S.-backed fighters plan an assault to capture the last enclave of the group’s self-styled Caliphate. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday European countries must do more to take them back or “we will be forced to release them”. It’s not clear to me how all that can be guaranteed.” Abdulkarim Omar, co-chair of foreign relations in the region held by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, said authorities there were holding some 800 foreign fighters.



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Family: UK teen who joined Islamic State has baby in Syria

Family: UK teen who joined Islamic State has baby in SyriaLONDON (AP) — The family of a British teenager who ran away to join the Islamic State group and now wants to return to the U.K. said Sunday she has given birth to a baby boy.



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Islamic State's 'caliphate' on brink of defeat in Syria

Islamic State's 'caliphate' on brink of defeat in SyriaJiya Furat said the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) had cornered the remaining militants in a neighborhood of Baghouz village near the Iraqi border, under fire from all sides. “In the coming few days, in a very short time, we will spread the good tidings to the world of the military end of Daesh,” he said, using the Arabic acronym for Islamic State. Trump has sworn to pull U.S. forces from Syria after Islamic State’s territorial defeat, raising questions over the fate of Washington’s Kurdish allies and Turkish involvement in northeast Syria.



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AP WAS THERE: Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution sweeps nation

AP WAS THERE: Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution sweeps nationEDITOR'S NOTE: On Feb. 11, 1979, after days of running street battles and uncertainty, Iran's military stood down and allowed the Islamic Revolution to sweep across the country.



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Key moments in Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution

Key moments in Iran's 1979 Islamic RevolutionForty years ago, Iran's military said it wouldn't stand in the way of revolutionaries and returned to its barracks, signaling the end of the rule of the shah.



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Iranians celebrate 40th anniversary of Islamic revolution

Iranians celebrate 40th anniversary of Islamic revolutionThousands gathered in Tehran to celebrate the anniversary of the fall of Iran's U.S.-backed Shah 40 years ago and the triumph of an Islamic Revolution in the country.



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Iraqi warplanes strike Islamic State leaders in Syria: military

Iraqi warplanes strike Islamic State leaders in Syria: militaryIraqi warplanes hit a meeting of Islamic State leaders near Deir al-Zor in Syria on Monday, destroying the building they were gathered in, the military said in a statement, without giving further details about the militants targeted. The statement said F-16 fighter jets carried out the raid around al-Sousa village in eastern Syria, as “30 leaders from Daesh (Islamic State) gangs” met in the building. The strike came a day after Iraq’s government hinted at greater involvement for its armed forces in Syria as the U.S. begins withdrawing troops from the country.



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Christmas revived in a village devastated by Islamic State

Christmas revived in a village devastated by Islamic StateTel Nasri was one of dozens of Assyrian Christian villages in northern Syria targeted by the jihadist group when it was near the peak of its power. Kurdish forces and local fighters seized the village a few months later, in May 2015, but nobody has returned. “I was born and raised in Tel Nasri, I’m still here and I’m staying,” said Sargon Slio, 51, a farmer who stayed on with only his brother and two cousins.



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U.S. envoy in fight against Islamic State quits after Syria pullout

U.S. envoy in fight against Islamic State quits after Syria pulloutBrett McGurk, U.S. special presidential envoy for the global coalition to defeat the militant group, submitted his resignation effective Dec. 31 to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday, a State Department official said. In an abrupt policy shift, Trump announced on Wednesday that Washington would withdraw the roughly 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria, upending a pillar of American policy in the Middle East and alarming U.S. allies. The decision was followed on Thursday by the surprise departure of U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, who in a resignation letter to Trump laid bare the growing divide between the two over foreign policy.



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