From Los Angeles Times:
Kurdish-led fighters advanced slowly Saturday under the cover of U.S.-led coalition air power in Syria’s northeast. Intense clashes with Islamic State group militants took place around a prison where thousands of extremists were held, officials said.
Fighting broke out Thursday night when Islamic State unleashed its biggest attack in Syria since the fall of its “caliphate” three years ago. More than 100 militants assaulted the main prison holding suspected extremists in the northeastern city of Hassakeh, sparking a battle with U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters that has so far left dozens dead.
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces lost 17 fighters killed and 23 wounded since the fighting began, spokesman Farhad Shami tweeted Saturday. Dozens of Islamic State gunmen were also killed.
Despite their defeat in Syria nearly three years ago, Islamic State sleeper cells have carried out deadly attacks against Syrian Democratic Forces as well as government forces on the west bank of the Tigris River in eastern Syria.
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