US-LED COALITION LAUNCHES ASSAULT ON ISIS ENCLAVE

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US-backed Syrian forces launched an assault against the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Sunday, aiming to wipe out the last vestige of its self-declared “caliphate” that once spanned a third of Iraq and Syria. Air strikes targeted Islamic State weapons stores on Sunday as the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched an attack against the jihadists’ enclave at Baghouz near the Iraqi border, SDF official Mustafa Bali said. In a post on Twitter, Bali said the attack began at 6 PM.

Moroccan authorities have brought home eight nationals from “conflict zones” in war-torn Syria, according to the interior ministry on Sunday. In a statement, the ministry said the return of the eight was part of Morocco’s “contribution to the international efforts in the fight against terrorism.”

The U.S. on Sunday hailed Morocco for repatriating eight of its nationals from war-torn Syria. The State Department spokesman Robert Palladino said in a statement that Rabat’s actions “should encourage other nations to repatriate” foreign fighters from Syria, adding that the U.S. appreciates Morocco’s commitment to fighting against terrorism.

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