Trump Praises Bronze Star Recipient's Role In Clearing ISIS From Raqqa

Politics | Jack Crowe
CNN Screenshot/ SOTU

Selfless love for his fellow warrior

ISIS Sends French Fighters Home For 'Day Of Reckoning'

World | Saagar Enjeti
The Eiffel Tower is lit with the blue, white and red colours of the French flag in Paris to pay tribute to the victims of a series of deadly attacks in the French capital

‘Left for France to carry out attacks’

Trump Applauds Victory Over ISIS Capital In Syria

Politics | Jonah Bennett
U.S. President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up to supporters at the Phoenix Convention Center during a rally on August 22, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. An earlier statement by the president that he was considering a pardon for Joe Arpaio,, the former sheriff of Maricopa County who was convicted of criminal contempt of court for defying a court order in a case involving racial profiling, has angered Latinos and immigrant rights advocates. Ralph Freso/Getty Images.

‘One of my core campaign promises’

Don’t Be Fooled, ISIS Isn’t Going Anywhere For A Long Time

World | Saagar Enjeti
The ISIS flag is held up by demonstrators. (Getty Images)

‘More diverse than I have ever known’

ISIS Capital Under 'Full Control' Of US-Backed Forces

Defense | Saagar Enjeti

‘Clearing operations now under way’

US Demands Unconditional Surrender, Won't Allow ISIS Fighters In Raqqa To Just Leave

Defense | Jonah Bennett
An Iraqi forces' fighter holds upside down an Islamic State (IS) group flag as he stands on a humvee in the northern Iraqi town of Sharqat on September 22, 2017. (Photo: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

So far, 15 fighters have surrendered in the past few weeks.

ISIS Capital Braces For Showdown With US Backed Fighters

Defense | Saagar Enjeti
Fully armed aircraft from the 18th Wing conduct an elephant walk during a no-notice exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th Wing operates combat ready fleets of HH-60 Pave Hawks, F-15 Eagles, E-3 Sentries and KC-135 Stratotankers, making it the largest combat-ready wing in the U.S. Air Force. Kadena AB provides leading-edge counter air, command and control, air refueling and combat search and rescue operations, enabling theater commanders of joint and allied partners to project and enhance lethal, persistent and flexible combat power in response to adversaries. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

‘It really means that this is the end’

ISIS Fighters In Soiled Pants Surrendering In The Masses

World | Saagar Enjeti
A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul, June 23, 2014. (Photo: REUTERS/Stringer)

‘Their leaders are abandoning them’

US-Backed Kurdish Forces Take 60 Percent Of ISIS' Capital

World | Jonah Bennett
A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces keeps guard during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in the old city of Raqqa, Syria, August 19, 2017. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra.

ISIS’ old de facto capital is about to fall

ISIS Teaches Militants How To Avoid US White Phosphorus In Latest Magazine

World | Jonah Bennett
Heavy smoke billows following an airstrike on the western frontline of Raqa on July 17, 2017, during an offensive by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, a majority Kurdish and Arab alliance, to retake the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters.

‘Russian and American Crusaders are now using it continuously’

Marine Veteran Dies Helping Kurds Battle ISIS

World | Jonah Bennett
Kurdish fighters from the People's Protection Units (YPG) run across a street in Raqqa

‘Pops, don’t worry. I’m with the YPG’

US Backed Fighters Now 'Control 40 Percent' Of ISIS Capital

World | Saagar Enjeti
Cpl. Zachery Personett, an infantryman with 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, gives a thumbs up to a Royal Army of Oman soldier after he cleared a weapons malfunction during a combat marksmanship range as part of Exercise Sea Soldier. During the range, the Marines trained the RAO soldiers in the Marine Corps marksmanship techniques of standing, kneeling and prone firing positions. Sea Soldier 2017 is an annual, bilateral exercise conducted with the Royal Army of Oman designed to demonstrate the cooperative skill and will of U.S. and partner nations to work together in maintaining regional stability and security.

ISIS posting children outside their car bomb factories

US Gives ISIS Capital Memorable Fireworks Show

World | Saagar Enjeti
A-10C Thunderbolt II with the 188th Fighter Wing, Arkansas Air National Guard conduct close-air support training Nov. 21, 2013, near Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Haseltine)

Went after ISIS tactical teams

US-Backed Forces Breach Center Of ISIS 'Capital' In Syria

World | Will Racke
Kurdish fighters from the People's Protection Units (YPG) run across a street in Raqqa, Syria July 3, 2017. (PHOTO: REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic)

The final stage begins

US Coalition Bombs ISIS 25 Times To Ring In Independence Day

World | Saagar Enjeti
An F-15E Strike Eagle from the 391st Fighter Squadron drops a Guided Bomb Unit-28 during a Combat Hammer mission at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Twelve planes, eighteen pilots, and thirty- crews from the 391st FS travelled down to Hill AFB to participate in the three week weapons system evaluation. Combat Hammer is an air-to-ground Weapons System Evaluation Program maintained by the 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron. Combat Hammer marked the first of three weeks of evaluation at Hill AFB by the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group. (Courtesy photo.)

’85 engagements’

Russia Claims It Killed ISIS Leader Baghdadi In Airstrike

World | Jacob Bojesson
This July 5, 2014 photo shows an image grab taken from a propaganda video released by al-Furqan Media allegedly showing the leader of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, aka Caliph Ibrahim, adressing Muslim worshippers at a mosque in the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Baghdadi, who on June 29 proclaimed a "caliphate" straddling Syria and Iraq, purportedly ordered all Muslims to obey him in the video released on social media. In early 2014 the self-styled Islamic State entered the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, declaring it their capital and beginning a reign of terror marked by grisly public executions. Armed sharia police patrolled the streets as "enemies" of the regime were crucified or decapitated, their severed heads impaled on spikes in the city square. Student Abdalaziz Alhamza and his friends decided to form "Raqqa is Being Silently Slaughtered" (RBSS), a band of courageous citizen journalists who risk their lives to document IS atrocities. AFP/Getty Images.

US can’t confirm report

US-Backed Forces Begin Offensive On ISIS Capital City

World | Will Atkins
FILE PHOTO: Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters ride on vehicles in the north of Raqqa city, Syria February 5, 2017. REUTERS/Rodi Said/File Photo

Coalition forces begin to retake Raqqa

Kurdish Forces With US Arms Prepare For Major Assault On ISIS Capital In A Few Days

World | Jonah Bennett
A member of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), made up of an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters, looks on in the town of Tabqa, about 55 kilometres (35 miles) west of Raqa city, on April 30, 2017, as they advance in their battle for the Islamic State group's stronghold. US-backed fighters have captured 80 percent of Syria's Tabqa from the Islamic State group, a monitor said on May 1, a week after they first entered the town. Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images.

‘The battle will not be easy’

Mattis's All Out Assault On ISIS's Capital Is Just 'Days' Away

Video | Saagar Enjeti

The assault is likely to be a long and bloody slog