In this March 30, 2014, file photo, Islamic State group militants hold up their flag as they patrol in a commandeered Iraqi military vehicle in Fallujah, Iraq. The United States on Aug. 24, 2018, sanctioned three members of the Islamic State who were featured in a beheading video distributed by …

U.S.-Allied Kurdish Fighters Capture Last Town Under Islamic State Control

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), led by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), reportedly took back the last town held by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) on Friday, further cementing the complete fall of the group’s so-called caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

U.S. Secretary for Defense Jim Mattis addresses a media conference after a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Mattis Says U.S., Turkey Find ‘Common Ground’ in Syria

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis was optimistic on Thursday about finding “common ground” with Turkey in Syria, where Turkish troops and their local allies may be positioning for a strike against territory occupied by American troops.