Soldiers from western countries, including the US, UK and Germany, have voluntarily joined the Kurdish Peoples' Protection Units (YPG) to fight "Islamic State" militants in Syria. The YPG is one of the most effective groups battling the Islamists.
US-backed coalition forces claim they are about to drive the "Islamic State" completely out of Raqqa. Local officials and tribal leaders have reportedly struck a deal to allow IS fighters and civilians to evacuate.
US-backed Syrian militias say they have taken full control of Raqqa after four months of fighting. The city had served as the self-styled capital of the "Islamic State" terror group since 2014.
A US-backed alliance of militias said "Islamic State" (IS) fighters have evacuated the city of Raqqa under an agreement to release captive civilians. US-backed forces have almost completely captured Raqqa.
The US man was found guilty of plotting to kill a conservative blogger for organizing a "Draw the Prophet" cartoon contest. He was also convicted of conspiring to commit acts of terror on behalf of the "Islamic State."
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