US-backed Syrian forces announce start of Raqqa offensive

US-backed Syrian forces announce start of Raqqa offensive

U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian forces have announced the start of a campaign to retake the Islamic State’s de facto capital of Raqqa from the extremist group. The announcement by the Syria Democratic Forces, a coalition of Kurdish, Arab and Christian forces, was made Sunday at a press conference in Ein Issa, north of Raqqa, attended by […]

US-led coalition preparing to ‘isolate’ IS group’s Syrian bastion Raqqa

US-led coalition preparing to ‘isolate’ IS group’s Syrian bastion Raqqa

The alliance battling the Islamic State (IS) group is “laying the groundwork” for the isolation of Raqqa, the jihadists’ Syrian stronghold, US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday after talks with coalition ministers in Paris. The meeting, hosted by French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, was designed to review the war on the IS group […]

France’s Hollande warns Mosul’s IS group fighters could flee to Raqqa

France’s Hollande warns Mosul’s IS group fighters could flee to Raqqa

French President Francois Hollande warned Thursday that Islamic State jihadists under attack in the Iraqi city of Mosul are already fleeing to Raqa, their stronghold in neighbouring Syria. “We can’t afford mistakes in the pursuit of the terrorists who are already leaving Mosul for Raqa,” Hollande told an international conference in Paris.

France launches new wave of air strikes on IS group targets in Syria’s Raqqa

France launches new wave of air strikes on IS group targets in Syria’s Raqqa

  France on Sunday launched a fresh wave of air strikes targeting the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria, destroying an arms depot and combat positions in the group’s stronghold of Raqqa, the French foreign ministry said. In a statement, the ministry said four Rafale and four Mirage 2000 fighter jets as well as an […]