Is­lamic State hit by heavy fight­ing

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - WORLD - Dpa

HEAVY bat­tles raged on Fri­day be­tween US-backed Kurdish Syr­ian fight­ers and Is­lamic State mil­i­tants in the ter­ror­ist group’s last pocket in eastern Syria.

In re­cent months, the oil-rich prov­ince of Deir al-Zour in eastern Syria has seen clashes be­tween the Syr­ian Demo­cratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish-led group al­lied with the US, and Is­lamic State ex­trem­ists.

“Our fight­ers man­aged to take the neigh­bour­hood of Hawma, one of the first dis­tricts of Ha­jeen,” SDF spokesper­son Ahmed Mo­hammed said. Ha­jeen is the big­gest sec­tion of the Is­lamic State’s last pocket in eastern Syria. |

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