US-backed forces seize town with Daesh military base near Raqqa — SDF official

Members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near the Tabqa dam on 28 March (AFP)
Updated 11 July 2017
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US-backed forces seize town with Daesh military base near Raqqa — SDF official

BEIRUT: US-backed Syrian militias have captured a town south of the city of Raqqa where Daesh ran a major military base and training camp, a spokesman for the militias said on Tuesday.
An alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias fighting under the banner of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is trying to oust Daesh from its headquarters in Raqqa.
SDF media official Mustafa Bali said the militias had seized the town of Al-Ukeirshi, some 15 km (10 miles) downstream from Raqqa on the Euphrates river.
The SDF pushed into Raqqa last month after a long offensive, backed up by air strikes and special forces from the US-led coalition.
A series of recent advances along the southern bank of the Euphrates have allowed the SDF to completely besiege the militants inside Raqqa and to press on south of the city.
The SDF alliance, spearheaded by the Kurdish YPG militia, has also been waging fierce battles inside the Old City of Raqqa since last week, after US-led coalition jets breached its historic walls.
In Al-Ukeirshi, Daesh killed scores of its own forces execution-style in 2015 for desertion or on accusations of treachery, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Daesh named the training camp it established in the town after Osama Bin Laden, the founder of the Al-Qaeda militant group killed by US forces in 2011.


Egypt refers 28 to court on charges of joining Daesh, al-Qaida

Updated 25 min 58 sec ago
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Egypt refers 28 to court on charges of joining Daesh, al-Qaida

  • Egyptian officials said only 17 of the 28 suspects are actually in custody
  • They said the suspects were planning to conduct attacks in Egypt

CAIRO: Egyptian prosecutors have referred 28 terror suspects in two separate cases to court on charges of joining local affiliates of the Daesh group and Al-Qaeda.
They said Monday the suspects were plotting attacks against security forces and the headquarters of the high state prosecution in Cairo.
They say only 17 of the 28 suspects are in custody. No date has been set for their trials. It was not clear when or where they were arrested.
A Daesh affiliate based in northern Sinai has carried out attacks across Egypt in recent years, mainly targeting security forces and the country’s Christian minority.
Egypt has been battling militants for years, but the insurgency gathered strength after the 2013 military overthrow of an elected but divisive Islamist president.