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U.S.-backed Syrian fighters fought Islamic State militants in the heart of Raqqa & in a Taliban propaganda film a fighter can be seen carrying a FN SCAR 7.62mm rifle.

“More than 2,000 militants are holed up with their families and tens of thousands of civilians in Raqqa's center, the city's most densely populated quarters.”

"The Islamic State group is in retreat across Syria and Iraq, and the contours of a new conflict among the array of parties battling it are already starting to appear."

“The U.S. is convinced that the Kurdish fighters, known as the YPG, are the most effective local force in trying to oust IS militants from their stronghold in Raqqa, Syria.”

"The UAE has landed expeditionary forces in Afghanistan and Yemen. Its new overseas bases on the African continent show this country has even larger ambitions."

“The White House is giving the Pentagon greater flexibility to determine the number of U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria.”