Islamic State kills six pro-Assad fighters in Idlib: SOHR

Islamic State attack kills six pro-Assad regime fighters in Idlib province: SOHR
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Six fighters loyal to Syria's Assad regime and four Uzbek jihadists were killed in an Islamic State attack in the northwestern Idlib province on Friday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The attack occurred in Maarat Al-Numan in the Idlib province [AFP/Getty-file photo]

At least six fighters loyal to Syria's Assad regime were killed on Friday in the latest attack by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, a UK-based war monitor said.

Four Uzbek jihadists were also killed in the attack on the outskirts of Maarat Al-Numan in the northwestern Idlib province, much of which remains outside of regime control, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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After the fall of its self-proclaimed caliphate in March 2019, IS went underground and continues to mount attacks against pro-regime forces across Syria, while in Iraq the group recently killed dozens in a July suicide attack at a Baghdad market.

The war in Syria, which began in 2011 with a crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, has left more than half a million people dead and several million displaced.