Bahir al-Assad's Syrian army has moved into Raqqa province and is advancing against IS toward the city of Raqqa. Iraqi troops are moving into the IS stronghold of Fallujah. Could IS's self-proclaimed caliphate be on the rocks?
The IS militant group has been cornered into a pocket of territory near the Syrian city center where it once staged beheadings and crucifixions. US-backed forces said the fight for the stronghold is nearly over.
The battle for "Islamic State" stronghold Raqqa has reached its final stages, according to the Syrian Democratic Forces, the US-backed multi-ethnic alliance fighting IS. Karlos Zurutuza reports from Raqqa.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has reaffirmed a commitment to reviving the Geneva peace process. He added that Washington sees no future for President Bashar Assad in Syria's government.
Syrian state media has reported that government troops breached a nearly three-year siege by the so-called "Islamic State" (IS) in the contested city of Deir el-Zour, in another strategic and symbolic defeat for IS.
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