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Twin assaults in Syria, Iraq pile pressure on IS

Iraqi Shiite fighters from a Popular Mobilisation unit patrol near the city of Fallujah after Iraqi pro-government forces launched an assault to retake the city from Islamic State groupKurdish-Arab forces launched a major assault against the Islamic State group in Syria’s Raqa province and Iraqi forces advanced on it in Fallujah, piling pressure on the jihadists in two strongholds. It was the “deadliest bomb attack” on any regime-held area in Syria’s five-year war, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Tuesday announced its largest offensive to date against IS territory north of the jihadists’ stronghold of Raqa city.

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