IS gunmen kill 40 fighters
A WAR monitor and an agency linked to the Islamic State group say IS gunmen have killed at least 40 US-backed Syrian fighters.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that since Friday, IS killed 41 fighters with the Syrian Democratic Forces, a main fighting force combating the extremists in Syria.
The IS-linked Aamaq news agency said more than 40 SDF fighters were killed and posted a video of six captured gunmen.
The Observatory said the fighting continued until early yesterday and that IS gunmen attacked SDF positions on the eastern banks of the Euphrates river in east Syria.
SDF fighters have been on the offensive since September.