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Arrested in Kerala, IS suspect says mastermind of Sri Lanka attacks inspired him

The accused admitted during the interrogation that he had plans to carry out attacks in India. 

Apr 30, 2019, 08:05 AM IST

Full-scale assault on Syria's Idlib 'not expedient', says Russia's Putin

Russia has helped forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad take back most of the country in the eight-year-old war but fighting continues.

Apr 27, 2019, 15:01 PM IST

Red Cross appeals for information on three staff missing in Syria since 2013

U.S.-backed forces proclaimed the capture of Islamic State`s last territory in Syria last month, eliminating its rule over a caliphate which it had proclaimed in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

Apr 15, 2019, 08:41 AM IST

Islamic State 'caliphate' defeated, yet threat persists

SDF fighters, who besieged Baghouz for weeks while planes pounded from above, paraded in memory of 11,000 comrades killed in years of fighting against IS. A band played the American national anthem. 

Mar 24, 2019, 10:54 AM IST

Islamic State no longer holds any territory in Syria, confirms US

The US Defense Department on Friday stated that the Islamic State no longer holds any territory in Syria.

Mar 22, 2019, 21:59 PM IST

US-backed force says it has taken positions in Islamic State Syria camp

US-backed fighters said they had taken positions in Islamic State`s last enclave in eastern Syria and air strikes pounded the tiny patch of land beside the Euphrates River early on Monday, a Reuters journalist said.

Mar 19, 2019, 08:01 AM IST

Donald Trump agrees on keeping US troops in Syria

The White House on February 21 announced that the US would leave about 200 troops in Syria after the planned pullout.

Mar 06, 2019, 10:36 AM IST

Iran foreign minister not informed about Assad trip to Tehran: spokesman

President Hassan Rouhani rejected Zarif’s resignation last Wednesday, bolstering a moderate ally who has long been targeted by hardliners in factional struggles over the 2015 nuclear deal with the West.

Mar 05, 2019, 12:12 PM IST

Syria fighters say IS still holds civilians, slowing attack

Islamic State faces defeat in the last shred of its main territory in Syria and Iraq where it announced a "caliphate" in 2014, suffering years of steady retreats after arousing global fury through grotesque displays of cruelty.

Mar 04, 2019, 17:46 PM IST

Chlorine was used in attack on Syrian rebel town last April, confirms global chemical weapons agency

Inspectors have concluded that a "toxic chemical" containing chlorine was used in an attack last April in the Syrian town of Douma, at the time held by rebels but besieged by pro-government forces, the global chemical weapons agency said on Friday.

Mar 02, 2019, 18:26 PM IST

Erdogan says safe zone on Syria border must be under Turkey's control

Trump ordered the withdrawal of all 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria in December after saying they had defeated Islamic State.

Feb 24, 2019, 10:04 AM IST

US to leave 200 American peacekeepers in Syria after pullout

The decision to retain peacekeepers could help Trump overcome criticism that he had ordered a precipitous withdrawal from Syria that could lead to Islamic State regaining strength.

Feb 22, 2019, 11:02 AM IST

US-backed Syrian forces call for 1,500 coalition troops to stay in war-torn nation

Kobani said there were discussions about perhaps French and British troops supporting them in Syria.

Feb 18, 2019, 21:15 PM IST

US-backed Syrian forces call for 1,500 coalition troops to stay

The commander of U.S.-backed forces in Syria called on Monday for about 1,000 to 1,500 international forces to remain in Syria to help fight Islamic State and expressed hope that the United States, in particular, would halt plans for a total pullout.

Feb 18, 2019, 20:59 PM IST

US envoy on Syria tells allies troop withdrawal won't be abrupt

We have respect for the territorial integrity of Syria, but the main issue is the safety and security of the Turkish border and Turkish people, Akar said.

Feb 17, 2019, 18:41 PM IST

British IS schoolgirl 'wants to return home'

Bethnal Green Academy pupils Begum and Amira Abase, were both 15, while Kadiza Sultana was 16, when they left the UK in February 2015.

Feb 14, 2019, 11:00 AM IST

Withdrawal of US forces in Syria likely to start in weeks: US general

Hundreds of additional troops have been sent to Syria to facilitate the withdrawal.

Feb 11, 2019, 10:05 AM IST

Russia tells Turkey to do more to clear Syria's Idlib of militants

The deal helped avert a government assault on the area, the last major bastion of opponents of President Bashar al-Assad.

Feb 07, 2019, 20:51 PM IST

Erdogan says Turkey has maintained contacts with Damascus

Tayyip Erdogan has described Assad as a terrorist and said several times during Syria`s eight-year conflict that the Syrian leader must go.

Feb 04, 2019, 09:45 AM IST

Islamic State to lose last bits of Syria territory in 'weeks': US

Islamic State is expected to lose its final bits of territory in Syria to U.S.-backed forces within a couple of weeks, acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Tuesday, even as U.S. intelligence assessed that the militant group would still pose a threat to the United States.

Jan 30, 2019, 08:42 AM IST