More than 20 Islamic State militants killed in Syria

By REUTERS
December 14, 2017 20:41
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WASHINGTON/AMMAN - A Pentagon-backed rebel group and the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State killed more than 20 Islamic State fighters and detained a number of militants in the southern Syrian desert near a base, the coalition said on Thursday.

In a statement, the coalition said the Maghawir al Thawra, the rebel group, and the coalition detected a convoy near at-Tanf, near the Syrian border with Jordan and Iraq, early on Wednesday and carried out an operation "to prevent their further incursion."

"Despite the presence of Russian-backed, pro-Syrian regime forces in the area, Daesh still finds ways to move freely through regime lines and pose a threat," Brigadier General Jonathan Braga, the director of operation for the coalition, said, using an Arabic acronym for Islamic State.

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