Islamic State faced imminent defeat in its final enclave on Tuesday as hundreds of jihadist fighters and their families surrendered and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said the battle was as good as over.
Hundreds of Islamic State militants have surrendered as they left the group’s last enclave in eastern Syria amid more than 6,500 people, mostly civilians, who were evacuated in the last 24 hours, a spokesman for the US-backed Syrian force battling the jihadists said on Tuesday.
Islamic State unleashed car bombs against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) assaulting Baghouz, in a last-ditch effort to stave off defeat in its final patch of territory, fighters from the US-backed force said on Sunday.
Islamic State faces final territorial defeat as the US-backed Syrian force battling the jihadists said on Saturday it was closing in on the jihadists’ last bastion near the Iraqi border, capping four years of efforts to roll back the group.
Al Assad makes his first public visit to his closest regional ally Iran.
US-backed fighters in Syria are poised to capture Islamic State’s last, tiny enclave on the Euphrates.
Indonesia observes the shifting of ISIL’s propaganda to the region.
The United States is likely just weeks away from starting the withdrawal of ground troops from Syria.
Syria signs a long-term economic cooperation deal with Iran.
Iraqi Foreign Minister says that Iraq supported the restoration of Syria’s seat of AL.
The US withdrawal from Syria must be planned carefully, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.
Kuwait expects more Arab countries to reopen embassies in Damascus.
Iraq’s prime minister says that top security officials from Baghdad had met al-Assad.
President Donald Trump made a surprise Christmas visit to US troops in Iraq.
There are no change in the pan-Arab body’s position on Syria’s membership in AL.
Cyprus is bracing for a new influx of refugees following the pullout of US troops from their present positions in Syria.
Defense Secretary James Mattis’ resignation, one day after Donald Trump’s stunning move to pull all US troops from Syria, is consequential.
The Trump administration start returning US troops home from Syria.
Russia, Iran and Turkey agree over the first session of the Syrian Constitutional Comm.
The number of journalists killed since the beginning of 2018 has climbed by 14 percent to 113 compared with a year ago.
Christmas decorations are going up for the first time in years in Damascus.
At least 206 civilians are killed in November this year by US-led airstrikes in Syria.
At least 40 people, mostly women and children are killed in a US-led coalition airstrikes.
About 1,500 bodies of civilians have been found in a newly-discovered mass grave.
Turkey is implementing as planned the agreement on Syria’s Idlib reached with Russia.
The Syrian government has accused Turkey of failing to meet obligations.
Jordanians are flocking to the Syrian capital Damascus for the first time in years.
Putin said the reconstruction process and the return of displaced Syrians are a key task.
Logistic preparations are done for re-opening Nasib Border Crossing with Jordan.
Syria’s foreign minister tells the UN General Assembly on Saturday that the country was ready for the voluntary return of refugees.