Pentagon: coalition partner killed 20 Islamic State fighters in Syria

WASHINGTON (dpa) - The Pentagon said Thursday that a Syrian opposition group that is a part of the coalition fighting Islamic State has killed more than 20 fighters belonging to the terrorist group.
The clash occurred on Wednesday near At-Tanf in south-eastern Syria, officials with the Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve said. A number of Islamic State terrorists were detained, including foreign terrorists, the officials said.

The Maghawir al-Thawra was identified in the Defence Department statement as the Syrian opposition force that carried out the operation. It has been fighting Islamic State in the border area of Iraq, Syria and Jordan since 2015, according to the officials.
Army General Jonathan Braga said coalition and partner forces in Syria have weakened Islamic State, but the terrorists continue to present a threat to the civilian population.
Braga noted that Islamic State terrorists still find ways to move freely through regime lines and pose a threat despite the presence of Russian-backed, pro-Syrian regime forces in the area.
The Maghawir al-Thawra, supported by coalition forces, detected the convoy during the predawn hours and "quickly and professionally conducted an operation to prevent their further incursion," the news release said.
It was the second time in less than a month that convoys of ISIS terrorists, fleeing the middle Euphrates River valley, transited through regime-controlled territory.

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