IS gun­men kill 40 fighters

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

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.

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