Airstrikes oc­cur near U.S.-backed forces

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

Syr­ian war­planes car­ried out airstrikes against Is­lamic State tar­gets in the coun­try­side east of Raqqa and close to where U.S.backed forces op­er­ate, Syr­ian state TV re­ported.

The at­tacks in the town of Maadan and vil­lage of Bir alSabkhawi, near the pro­vin­cial bound­ary with Deir al-Zour gov­er­norate, “de­stroyed sev­eral bases and ve­hi­cles” be­long­ing to the Is­lamist group, a mil­i­tary source said.

The Syr­ian army has ac­tive front lines with the Is­lamic State in Raqqa’s west­ern coun­try­side, where it has re­cap­tured ter­ri­tory from the Is­lamist mil­i­tants. But airstrikes in the east take the fight closer to where the U.S.backed Syr­ian Demo­cratic Forces, an al­liance dom­i­nated by Kur­dish fight­ers, are op­er­at­ing.

The SDF launched a fi­nal as­sault to drive the Is­lamic State out of its strong­hold of Raqqa last month, and have spear­headed ef­forts against the group in Syria’s north­east.

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