‘Heavy clashes’ as US-backed forces battle IS in Syria

BEIRUT (AFP) – United States (US)-backed forces were locked in fierce fighting as they pressed the battle against the last shred of the Islamic State (IS) group’s “caliphate” in eastern Syria yesterday, a war monitor said. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), supported by a US-led coalition, announced a final push to retake the extremist pocket near the Iraqi border late Saturday, after a pause of more than a week to allow civilians to flee. More details in Monday’s Borneo Bulletin