Civilians in rural Raqqa province are trapped along a deadly new frontline in recent days as US-backed forces, supported by international anti-Islamic State coalition airstrikes, advance on a Euphrates River dam just 40km west of Raqqa city.
AMMAN: As US-backed forces close in on Raqqa city, some civilians are fleeing to the Islamic State’s de facto Syrian capital, where they describe an atmosphere of anxiety and fear of American-led coalition airstrikes and advancing ground forces.
Islamic State fighters opened three turbines of Syria’s largest dam in central Raqqa province Monday, causing record floods in downstream rural Deir a-Zor and raising fears of a humanitarian crisis should the dam ever collapse or burst. It is not an incon
AMMAN: American-backed forces vying to seize the Islamic State’s Syrian capital of Raqqa are now about 40km to the west, preparing for what appears to be an imminent attack on the nearby city of Tabqa, home to one of Syria’s largest air bases, an SDF mili
AMMAN: Residents of the northwestern Raqqa countryside say that airstrikes and ground artillery fired by the US-led international coalition killed 23 civilians Tuesday night, while a spokeswoman for American-allied Kurdish ground forces leading the operat
AMMAN: On Monday, Islamic State (“IS”) fighters halted the Syrian army’s march across the eastern desert towards Raqqa—IS’s de facto capital—forcing a more-than 20km retreat and pushing regime forces and their allies to the administrative border of Raqqa
ISTANBUL: The Syrian army and its allies are advancing across the eastern desert towards the Islamic State-controlled city of Tabqa, which lies adjacent to a military airbase and sits 40km west of IS’s de facto capital of Raqqa.
Amman: The Islamic State never produced its much-publicized precious-metal currency, intended to replace US dollars and Syrian pounds, and has in fact only produced a few “souvenir coins,” activists in Raqqa told Syria Direct on Thursday.
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