Backed Syrian fighters advancing on Daesh from east, west linkup in Raqqa

Syrian army closes in on IS-held town in Raqqa

Syrian army closes in on IS-held town in Raqqa

"I would say that there are no safe havens in Syria where they can plot attacks safely", Dillon said at a Defense Department press briefing on Thursday.

The experts monitoring sanctions against the extremist groups said competition between the Islamic State and al-Qaida continues, but "shifting alliances" among fighters "and co-operation on the tactical level in several regions also allow them to move between various groups".

Recently, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor group said the SDF had become in control of 55 percent of Raqqa city, following a two-month offensive.

A group of 17 Indonesians who had joined the Islamic State group in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa have been handed over to representatives of their country and have left Syria, a local Kurdish official and a spokeswoman said on Wednesday. In Syria, 50 per cent of the territory they once held is liberated, and ISIS has not retaken one inch of territory liberated by the coalition.

It said Isis "continues to send funds to its affiliates worldwide" and is likely to continue to do so as long as it can afford to.

The U.S. -led aircraft are also heavily backing the SDF in their push to strip IS of their main stronghold in Syria.

A smaller group of high-risk individuals who return to conduct "terror attacks".

IS militants threw them in detention cells as they refused to fight for the group, Fachir said.

The report quoted member states as saying that there has been "an increase in radicalisation and violent extremism" in connection with Isis networks in Europe.

"Fighting in the tightly packed old city is particularly hard, with ISIS rigging buildings and even corpses with improvised explosives to try and stall the SDF advance", said Col. Ryan Dillon, a spokesperson for the US -led counter ISIS coalition.

He said the Indonesian government in its initial discussions obtained information that the group were not fighters, some had spent most of their time in Syria in IS jails or other isolated conditions, and had fled Raqqa with the help of a third party on June 10.

- The Arabian Peninsula faces "a significant threat" from al-Qaida and IS in Yemen, the report said.

IOM said that its partner agencies have found that two-thirds of the returnees have gone to the northern Aleppo governorate, where government forces ousted rebels from the city of Aleppo a year ago.

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