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Islamic State defeated in its Syrian capital Raqqa: video


Islamic State defeated in its Syrian capital Raqqa

The fighting was over and the alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias was clearing the city’s stadium of mines and any remaining militants, said Rojda Felat, commander of the Raqqa campaign for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

A formal declaration of victory in Raqqa will soon be made, once the city has been cleared of mines and any possible Islamic State sleeper cells, said SDF spokesman Talal Selo.

In Washington, the U.S. military said that about 90 percent of Raqqa had been retaken from Islamic State but it expected the SDF to face pockets of resistance.

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Turkish, French presidents discuss Syria, Iraq


Turkish, French presidents

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed Syria and Iraq's territorial integrity with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron over the phone Saturday, according to a Turkish Presidency source.

The two leaders discussed developments in Iraq and Syria as well as bilateral relations between France and Turkey, and regional issues, the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, said.

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French President Emmanuel Macron tries his hand at fighting nuclear war


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French President Emmanuel Macron took part in a simulated nuclear missile launch aboard a submarine yesterday after vowing to continue overseas wars.

After visiting a nuclear weapons plant, he spent several hours aboard the submarine Terrible in the Atlantic.

On Monday evening, Mr Macron told parliament he would lift the current state of emergency, which has been in place since the November 2015 Paris terrorist attacks, but will make some security measures permanent.

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Paris prosector charge Notre Dame attacker


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The hammer-wielding man who attacked police officers patrolling in front of Notre Dame Cathedral appears to have radicalized himself through the internet and was unknown to French police and intelligence services, the chief prosecutor in Paris said Saturday.

The Paris prosecutor's office said the 40-year-old Algerian doctoral student was given preliminary charges Saturday of attempted murder of a police officer in connection with a terrorist enterprise and crime of terrorist conspiracy.

One police officer was slightly injured in Tuesday's attack.

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France, Germany to agree to NATO role against Islamic State


France, Germany to agree to NATO role against Islamic State

France and Germany will agree to a U.S. plan for NATO to play a bigger role in the fight against Islamic militants at a meeting with President Donald Trump on Thursday, but insist the move is purely symbolic, four senior European diplomats said.

The decision to allow the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to join the coalition against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq follows weeks of pressure on the two allies, who are wary of NATO confronting Russia in Syria and of alienating Arab countries who see NATO as pushing a pro-Western agenda.

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US-Led Coalition Conducts 12 Strikes in Syria’s Tabqa


US-led coalition carried out 31 strikes consisting of 99 engagements against the Russia-banned Daesh terrorist group in Syria and Iraq on Monda

The US-led coalition carried out 31 strikes consisting of 99 engagements against the Russia-banned Daesh terrorist group in Syria and Iraq on Monday, including 12 strikes near the Syrian city of Tabqa, the Joint Task Force said in a press release.

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US-Led Coalition's Airstrikes Kill 18 Civilians in Syria


US-Led Coalition's Airstrikes Kill 18 Civilians in Syria

According to local activists, the US coalition carried out an airstrike over al-Andalas farms in Western Raqqa, killing at least 18 civilians near the strategic town of al-Tabaqa.

The US army had previously claimed that only 220 civilians were killed in the air attacks of the coalition under its command in Syria and Iraq since 2014.

The US command also noted that it could not investigate all reports of possible civilian casualties using “traditional investigative methods,” which involves interviewing witnesses and examining the site of the strike.

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US-led coalition air forces demolish new strategic bridge in Raqqa


US-led coalition air forces demolish new strategic bridge

Identical local and media sources reported Saturday that aircrafts of the coalition targeted again during the past 24 hours al-Meghle Bridge west of Maadan village, located 60 km east of Raqqa city.

The strikes caused the bridge to go out of service, the sources confirmed.

The destruction of al-Meghle Bridge, which links the two banks of the Euphrates River, has thus caused al-Jazira area completely disconnected.

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French security services warn 700-strong ISIS jihadi army is planning 'IMMINENT return'


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At least 250 trained fighters are part of the army of jihadis who are plotting to go back to their homeland from Syria and Iraq.

The "fighters" described as "executioners, gravediggers, suicide bombers and jailers" could be back in mainland Europe in the coming weeks.

Top level meetings are being planned by senior Government officials over fears the ISIS operatives could unleash more terror in France which is still in a state of emergency.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve is set to host talks next Thursday over the concerns, it has been claimed. 

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Raqqa may be next target after Mosul


French President Francois Hollande warned yesterday that Daesh’s stronghold in Syria, Raqqa, might be the “next target” after regaining control of Iraq’s Mosul in the event that the group flees there.

Speaking at an EU summit in Brussels yesterday, Hollande said: “Regaining control in Mosul in very important, but we can’t afford mistakes in the pursuit of the terrorists who are already leaving Mosul for Raqqa. If we allow dangerous Daesh leaders to flee to Raqqa, then it is safe to say that the next target will be Raqqa.”

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