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US-backed Syrian rebel commander says clash on with IS fighters in border town

The US-backed Syrian forces are rapidly advancing into the Islamic State stronghold along the border with Iraq. They have begun an attack to liberate the oil rich Deir Zor province of Syria. Photograph: (Getty)

Reuters Amman, Jordan Jun 29, 2016, 06.24 AM (IST)
US-backed Syrian rebel forces were fighting street battles with Islamic State militants after entering their strategic stronghold along the border with Iraq, a rebel commander said today.

A rebel commander confirmed the rapid advances by the New Syria Army alliance of Arab rebel groups who had announced on Tuesday they had begun an attack to "liberate" the town along the Euphrates river in the oil rich Deir Zor province of Syria.

"The clashes are in the town itself but the situation has not been decided yet," said the rebel commander from Asala wa-al-Tanmiya Front, a main group within the New Syria Army, told Reuters, asking not to be named.

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