Is­lamic State kills 40 US-backed fight­ers in eastern Syria

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The Bri­tain-based Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights says Is­lamic State militants killed 41 fight­ers with the Syr­ian Demo­cratic Forces, a main force com­bat­ing the ex­trem­ists in Syria, since Fri­day. The IS-linked Aa­maq news agency posted a video of six gun­men cap­tured alive.

SDF fight­ers have been on the of­fen­sive since Septem­ber un­der cover of airstrikes by the U.S.-led coali­tion to cap­ture Syria’s last IS-held pocket.

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