• Published on 3 Nov 2017 Sections Syria, World

    The Syrian army says it has recaptured the strategic city of Deir al-Zour. The city had been held by the extremist Islamic State group for the last three years and was its last major position in Syria after recently losing control of Raqqa. Iraqi forces say they’ve also seized control of a crucial border crossing…

  • Published on 17 Oct 2017 Sections Syria

    After a five-month onslaught backed by US airstrikes, the Syrian Democratic Forces say they have taken full control of Raqqa from the Islamic State. The western backed troops drove IS fighters from their last holdouts this morning, freeing the remaining civilians who had been trapped inside. IS’s capital was one of the final bastions of…

  • Published on 21 Sep 2017 Sections Syria, World

    In Northern Syria, Kurdish and Arab forces have made major gains against the Islamic State in Raqqa, the capital of their purported Caliphate. The most significant Arab contingent fighting Isis comes from one of the largest tribes in the Middle East – the Shammar.

  • Published on 12 Sep 2017 Sections Politics, Syria, World

    We report from Raqqa: It was the capital of their self-styled caliphate for three years, the base from where the Islamic State terrorised the Middle East and planned violent atrocities across Europe. But now Isis may finally be about to be drivenĀ out.

  • Published on 12 Sep 2017 Sections Politics, Syria, World

    Syria’s agony: Inside Raqqa – the bitter fight to defeat Islamic state.

  • Published on 20 Aug 2017 Sections Iraq, United States, World

    US-backed Iraqi forces have launched a major operation to retake the city of Tal Afar – one of the last cities still held by the Islamic State group in Iraq. The Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has told IS fighters still in the city west of Mosul – they have a choice – ‘surrender or…

  • Published on 26 May 2017 Sections Iraq, Politics, Syria, United States

    The US military has revealed that it killed three senior Islamic State officials in attacks this month. Contrary to what Jeremy Corbyn has said, a senior US Colonel has told Channel 4 News that in Iraq and Syria the war on terror is working. But as the noose tightens around IS strongholds, the number of…

  • Published on 6 Mar 2017 Sections Syria

    US-backed Syrian fighters say they’ve cut the main road south from the city of Raqqa, a stronghold of the extremist Islamic State group.

  • Published on 16 Jan 2017 Sections World

    Loretta Napoleoni, an expert on terrorist financing who advises several governments and international organisations on counter-terrorism, and the journalist Graeme Wood, who has written extensively about the motivations behind IS.

  • Published on 15 Jan 2017 Sections Iraq, World

    Iraqi troops backed by the United States have siezed control of Mosul university from so-called Islamic State militants.

  • Published on 9 Jan 2017 Sections Iraq

    The three-month battle to recapture the city of Mosul, the last major stronghold of Islamic State militants in Iraq, is gathering pace.

  • Published on 19 Nov 2016 Sections Iraq, World

    Isis has been accused of committing war crimes as it tries to resist the assault on Mosul which started a month ago. The Chief Executive of Oxfam, Mark Goldring, has just come back from visiting camps housing those who have managed to flee the city and its surrounding villages.

  • Published on 3 Aug 2016 Sections Syria, UK, World

    A British actor who abandoned his Hollywood career to fight Islamic State has returned to Syria for a second time as a volunteer.

  • Published on 25 Jul 2016 Sections Germany, World

    A Syrian denied asylum in Germany kills himself and injures 12 others in a suicide bombing – the fourth violent attack in the country in less than a week.

  • Published on 15 Jul 2016 Sections France, World

    At least 84 people, including children, are killed after a man drives a lorry through crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, in what the French authorities are calling a terror attack.