IS attack on US-backed fighters kills 7 in northern Syria
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for an attack on a checkpoint of US-backed forces in the northern Syrian town on Manbij that killed seven fighters on Tuesday.
The attack indicates that IS can still launch deadly insurgent strikes and is far from being completely defeated, despite losing all the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria. Islamic State militants were blamed for several attacks in the Manbij area in recent months.
Sharfan Darwish of the Manbij Military Council told the Associated Press that the attack came shortly after midnight at one of the entrances to Manbij, targeting the fighters who ‘‘were carrying out their mission of protecting’’ the town.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitoring group, said members of an IS sleeper cell carried out the attack, and that three other Manbij Military Council fighters were also wounded.