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
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