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Islamic State kills 700 prisoners in east Syria: Syrian Observatory

Reuters , Wednesday 19 Dec 2018
File Photo: Fighters of the Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) walk in the western rural area of Manbij, near Aleppo, Syria, on June 13, 2016 (Photo: Reuters)
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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday that Islamic State (IS) militants had executed nearly 700 prisoners in nearly two months in eastern Syria.

The UK-based war monitoring group said the prisoners were among 1,350 civilians and fighters that IS had been holding in territory near the Iraqi border.

The jihadists control a shrinking strip of land east of the Syria’s Euphrates River around the town of Hajin, which U.S.-backed forces entered this month.

The Syrian Demoratic Forces (SDF), led by the Kurdish YPG militia, has battled IS there for several months with the help of U.S. air power and special forces.

SDF commander-in-chief Mazloum Kobani told Reuters last week that at least 5,000 IS fighters remain holed up in the enclave, including many foreigners who appear ready to fight to the death.

IS’s self-proclaimed caliphate has crumbled after different offensives across Iraq and Syria, though its fighters still operate in the desert border region and mount attacks.

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