Lebanese army, Hezbollah declare offensives on Islamic State at Syrian border

Lebanese soldiers stand near artillery ammunition in Ras Baalbek, Lebanon August 17, 2017. REUTERS/ Hassan Abdallah

Beirut (Reuters) : The Lebanese army launched an offensive on Saturday against an Islamic State enclave on the northeast border with Syria as the Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah announced an assault on the militants from the Syrian side of the frontier. The Lebanese army operation got underway at 5 a.m. (0200 GMT), targeting Islamic State positions near the town of

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ISIS seizes big Russian-Syrian T-4 air base

ISIS seizes big Russian-Syrian T-4 air base

Raqqa : Islamic State forces pushed their assault forward to retake the central Syrian town of Palmyra Monday. By evening, they had entered the big Russian-Syrian T-4 air base outside the town, carrying off substantial quantities of Russian armaments. Reporting this, DEBKAfile’s military sources add that the booty they snatched included different types of ground-to-ground missiles as well as anti-tank

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Islamic State Allegedly Kills Free Syrian Army Rebels Working With CIA

Islamic State Allegedly Kills Free Syrian Army Rebels Working With CIA

Raqqa : Islamic State group supporters released a video Tuesday that allegedly showed the beheading of Free Syrian Army rebels. The brutal killing was intended as a message to “any Muslim even thinking about joining any U.S.-backed group looking to over-throw the Assad regime,” the video states. Masked militants calling themselves “Wilayat Furat in Iraq,” or the State of the

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Turkey expects to eliminate Islamic State threat quickly : Minister Efkan Ala

Turkey expects to eliminate Islamic State threat quickly: minister

Istanbul : Turkey expects to swiftly eliminate the threat from Islamic State after launching an operation with U.S.-led coalition forces to sweep militants out of the Syrian border town of Jarablus, Interior Minister Efkan Ala said on Wednesday. He told Anadolu Agency that Turkish authorities had evacuated residents from the Turkish border town of Karkamis and six other villages as

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Islamic State arrests more than 100 civilians in Raqqa on suspicion of supporting ‘enemies’

Islamic State arrests more than 100 civilians in Raqqa on suspicion of supporting ‘enemies’

Raqqa : Radical group of the Islamic State (ISIS) has launched a campaign of arrests in Syria’s northeastern Raqqa province, targeting civilians the group says have been involved in cooperating hostile parties, activists and eyewitnesses reported on Monday. The ISIS-linked Hisba police arrested over 100 people in Raqqa on Sunday and Monday, mostly young men. “They were accused of cooperating

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