US-led coalition strikes kill 9 civilians in east Syria: MonitorPTI | Beirut | Updated: 08-12-2018 01:09 IST | Created: 08-12-2018 01:09 IST
The coalition did not immediately comment on the alleged fatalities but has repeatedly said it does its utmost to avoid civilian casualties.
He said IS losses had been "very high" and that intelligence reported jihadists had tried to flee across the border to Iraq but were prevented by Iraqi forces.
In almost three months of battle, more than 820 jihadists and more than 480 US-backed fighters have been killed, the Observatory says.
IS overran large parts of Syria and neighbouring Iraq in 2014, declaring a "caliphate" across territories it controlled.
But various offensives in both countries have routed the jihadists from most of that land, crushing their dreams of statehood.
Syria's war has killed 360,000 people and displaced millions since starting in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-regime protests. (AFP) SCY
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