US-backed fighters capture Islamic State-held town in northeast Syria

A US-backed alliance of Syrian fighters including the Kurdish YPG militia captured a strategic Islamic State-held town in Syria’s northeast on Friday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said. The capture of al-Shadadi in Hasaka province came three days after the beginning of a fresh offensive against Islamic State in the area by the Syria Democratic Forces backed by US-led air strikes, and would help isolate Raqqa, the jihadists’ de-facto capital in Syria.



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