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At least 20 fighters from a US-backed force fighting the Islamic State group were killed Friday in an IS ambush in eastern Syria, a war monitor said.The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces is waging an offensive around the town of Hajin in the province of Deir Ezzor, the jihadist group's last stronghold in the country's east."The fighters were advancing during a sandstorm, they were surrounded, IS members used explosives and opened fire," said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.The US-backed SDF had been closing in on the IS pocket for months before formally launching its offensive on Monday.Since then, 53... [Read More]
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Fighters from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces sing for courage as they ready for battle, this time for an assault on the Islamic State group's last stronghold in the country's east.The US-backed SDF and their American advisers have been grouped on the outskirts of the village of As-Susah on the east bank of the Euphrates River in Deir Ezzor province.As pick-up trucks loaded with fighters of the joint Kurdish-Arab force skid along snaking dirt roads, coalition forces have been firing rounds of mortar fire and rockets at jihadist positions.After a salvo of outgoing fire, thick columns of smoke rise... [Read More]
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A French army vehicle was visible in photos of the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor released by the US on Wednesday, raising questions about the nature of French involvement in the region. FRANCE 24's Wassim Nasr discusses the implications. [Read More]
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