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IS suffers heavy Syria losses

November 09, 2018 00:00:00

BEIRUT, Nov 08 (AFP): At least 65 Islamic State group fighters have been killed around their last enclave in Syria despite a pause in a two-month Kurdish-led assault, a monitor said on Wednesday.

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces announced a pause in its offensive in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor last week in protest at Turkish shelling of Kurdish positions along Syria's northern border.

But waves of US-led air strikes since Monday have killed 48 jihadists, including during two IS assaults on oilfields north of the Hajin enclave, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

On Tuesday the jihadists launched an assault on the Azrak oil field, followed by an attack Wednesday on the Tanak oil field where US-backed SDF fighters are based, it said.

A coalition spokesman did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

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