US-backed Syria fighters edge into IS hub

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ALEPPO, Syria: US-backed fighters edged further into the Islamic State group stronghold of Manbij on Saturday, threatening a key stop on the jihadists’ lifeline from Turkey to their “caliphate” in Syria and neighboring Iraq. But in the IS-held eastern town of Al-Quriyah, 47 people, most of them civilians, died in Russian and government bombardment, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Thirty-one civilians were killed in three raids alone, but it was not immediately clear whether the 16 others were civilians or IS fighters, said the Observatory’s Rami Abdel Rahman. Russian, Syrian, and US-led coalition warplanes are all carrying out raids against IS territory in the battered country.

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