Iraq's army is engaged in operations to retake the city of Ramadi from Islamic State militants. More than 1,000 civilians remain trapped in the provincial capital, complicating efforts to wrest back control.
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.
With a "hard core of foreign fighters," the notorious militant group has positioned itself for its last stand in Raqqa. The US-led coalition against "Islamic State" has rejected any negotiated withdrawal of militants.
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