Syrian Kurdish forces resume ground assault against IS

<p style="text-align:left">The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said on Sunday it had resumed a ground assault against the Islamic State (IS) in its last foothold near the Iraqi border, following the suspension of the offensive last month after Turkish shelling of northern Syria.

The Kurdish-led SDF said its operations in the Deir Ezzor area had restarted as the result of &ldquo;intensive contacts between our forces&rsquo; leadership and the international coalition and active diplomatic efforts aimed at defusing the crisis on the (Turkish-Syrian) border.&rdquo;
In a statement, the SDF said it was committed to continuing operations &ldquo;to eliminate (IS).&rdquo;
The US-led coalition kept up air strikes in the Deir Ezzor area despite the pause in SDF operations.
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