US-backed Syr­ian forces make push to take last IS pocket

Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights re­ports heavy clashes be­tween both sides, as coali­tion planes and ar­tillery bom­barded ji­hadist po­si­tions

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LONDON: Prince Philip, the 97-year-old hus­band of Bri­tish Queen El­iz­a­beth II, has vol­un­tar­ily sur­ren­dered his driv­ing li­cence, weeks af­ter the duke mirac­u­lously es­caped un­hurt in a ter­ri­fy­ing ac­ci­dent that in­jured two women in an­other car.

“Af­ter care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion, the Duke of Ed­in­burgh has taken the de­ci­sion to vol­un­tar­ily sur­ren­der his driv­ing li­cence,” Buck­ing­ham Palace said in a brief state­ment. He sur­ren­dered his li­cence on Satur­day, the palace said. The Prince’s de­ci­sion to hand over his driv­ing li­cence was en­tirely his own and he will be driven from now on, it added.

The move means the royal is likely to es­cape be­ing charged and pros­e­cuted for care­less BEIRUT: US-backed forces were locked in fierce fight­ing as they pressed the bat­tle against the last shred of the Is­lamic State group’s “caliphate” in east­ern Syria on Sun­day, a war mon­i­tor said.

The Syr­ian Demo­cratic Forces (SDF), sup­ported by a US-led coali­tion, an­nounced a fi­nal push to re­take the ji­hadist pocket near the Iraqi bor­der late Satur­day, af­ter a pause of more than a week to al­low civil­ians to flee.

The Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights re­ported heavy clashes be­tween both sides on Sun­day morn­ing, as coali­tion planes and ar­tillery bom­barded ji­hadist po­si­tions. “The bat­tle is on­go­ing. There were heavy clashes this morn­ing, with land­mines go­ing off,” said Rami Ab­del Rah­man, the head of the Bri­tain-based war driv­ing af­ter in­jur­ing two women in a crash out­side the Queen’s San­dring­ham es­tate in Nor­folk on Jan­uary 17. The im­pact of the crash flipped his Land Rover onto its side. Nor­folk Po­lice con­firmed that the duke had sur­ren­dered his li­cence to of­fi­cers and it would now be re­turned to the DVLA. The CPS said it would take the lat­est de­vel­op­ment into ac­count. It is be­lieved that bring­ing a prose­cu­tion over the crash will not be deemed in the pub­lic in­ter­est. Two days af­ter the ac­ci­dent, the duke was pic­tured back be­hind the wheel of the new Land Rover with­out a seat­belt, which is il­le­gal in Bri­tain. Later, Nor­folk Po­lice gave him “suit­able words of ad­vice”.

The move means the royal is likely to es­cape be­ing charged and pros­e­cuted for care­less driv­ing af­ter in­jur­ing two women in a crash

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