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Hard-won battles against Islamic State militants in Kobani, Syria, have left vast destruction in their wake. New York Times (2015)

Victory over ISIS leaves ruin behind

The declarations of victory played out across Iraq and Syria: The long campaigns to retake city after city from Islamic State militants had come to an end. But the hard-won battles left vast destruction in their wake, and the celebrations from atop the rubble of once-grand buildings are ringing hollow for hundreds  …

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  1. First lady Melania Trump donates her inaugural gown to the Smithsonian

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — Melania Trump knew her inaugural gown would be part of history and she had a clear vision for her look, asking the designer for something "modern, sleek, light, unique and unexpected."

    First lady Melania Trump donates her inaugural gown, designed by Herve Pierre, left, to the First Ladies' Collection at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, during a ceremony in Washington, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. [Pablo Martinez Monsivais | Associated Press]
  2. Listen: Soldier's widow shares her call with Trump

    Military

    Natasha De Alencar had just returned home on April 12 after making T-shirts and pillowcases in her husband's memory when the Army casualty assistance officer told her there was someone on the phone for her. It was President Donald Trump.

    Army Staff Sgt. Mark R. De Alencar was killed during a firefight with Islamic State fighters in eastern Afghanistan on April 8, 2017. His widow, Natasha De Alencar has shared the condolence call she had with President Donald Trump on April 12. [Image from video via Washington Post]
  3. U.S.-backed Syrian force declares victory over Islamic State in Raqqa

    World

    BEIRUT — A U.S.-backed Syrian force declared victory over the Islamic State group in its former "capital" of Raqqa on Friday, declaring the northern Syrian city free of any extremist presence.

    This Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 frame grab made from drone video shows damaged buildings in Raqqa, Syria two days after Syrian Democratic Forces said that military operations to oust the Islamic State group have ended and that their fighters have taken full control of the city. [Associated Press]
  4. Ornery cats find a niche

    Nation

    PHILADELPHIA

    Gary wasn't used to being around people. He didn't like being touched, or even looked at. If anyone came too close, he'd lash out.

    Gary, a cat adopted through Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia, patrols his new home at Bella Vista Beer Distributors.
  5. Victory over ISIS leaves ruin behind

    World

    The declarations of victory played out across Iraq and Syria: The long campaigns to retake city after city from Islamic State militants had come to an end.

    Hard-won battles against Islamic State militants in Kobani, Syria, have left vast destruction in their wake.