IS ‘kingdom’ down to one per cent as final assault nears

Beirut (AFP) – The Islamic State (IS) extremist group’s “kingdom” has shrunk to less than one per cent of its original size, the United States (US)-led coalition said on Thursday, as a final onslaught in eastern Syria loomed. Kurdish-led forces spearheading the offensive have paused operations but US President Donald Trump predicted on Wednesday that a final declaration of victory would come next week. More details in Weekend’s Borneo Bulletin