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article 23 May 2015 World, Iraq
Iraqi tank near Fallujah on 19 May (Reuters)
Shia militia and Iraqi army launch counter-attack against IS

The Iraqi government begins a counter-offensive against the Islamic State group after its fighters capture the city of Ramadi.

post 22 May 2015
Read more from Jonathan Rugman his blog With Syria and Iraq, there is no Plan B - and the omens are not good

It has been a bad week for the American-led "strategy" against militants from so-called Islamic State - a strategy with the US president himself views with great qualms and some reluctance.

article 22 May 2015 World, Syria
Palmyra
Islamic State captures last Syria-Iraq border post

Islamic State fighters are reported to have seized the last border crossing between Syria and Iraq, in the latest advance by the jihadist group against Bashar al-Assad's struggling military.

article 21 May 2015 World, Syria
Palmyra
Palmyra: more than just ancient ruins under Isis control

Concerns are raised over the fate of ancient monuments in the Syrian city of Palmyra - but the victory by the Islamic State group is first and foremost a strategic one.

article 20 May 2015 World, Syria
Palmyra
Palmyra historic city 'taken by Islamic State fighters'

Islamic State militants group claim they are in control of all of the Syrian city of Palmyra, home to one of the world's most important heritage sites, vowing to destroy its priceless treasures.

article 16 May 2015 World, United States
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US kills Isis 'senior leader' in Syria ground operation

US special operations forces kill a senior Islamic State group leader and capture his wife in what is only the second ground operation in Syria announced by the US.

article 15 May 2015 World, Syria
Ancient Roman ruins, Palmyra (Getty)
Palmyra antiquities under threat from Islamic State

As Islamic State fighters close in on a 2,000 year old city which is home to one of Syria's world heritage sites, there are fears they will destroy ancient artefacts if they advance any further.

article 13 May 2015 World, Syria
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by Unveiled: the activists helping Syrian refugees seek asylum

Channel 4 News uncovers a network of underground bloggers and activists operating across Europe, who are helping thousands of Syrian refugees desperate for asylum.

post 22 April 2015
Read more from Jonathan Miller on his blog Haunted by memories of a journey from Damascus to Bradford

Mirvat and her family fled Syria, eventually arriving in the UK via Lebanon, Egypt, Libya and Calais. She has begun a new life - but cannot forget what she went through to get here.

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