breaking news

Use of dating website led to capture of fugitive soccer coach in Florida

US-backed fighters enter major IS-held town in east Syria


An opposition activist and a war monitor say U.S.-backed Syrian fighters have broken through the defenses of the last area controlled by the Islamic State group in the country.

Members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have been trying to take the town of Hajin and nearby villages in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour since Sept. 10 with little luck.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday that SDF fighters entered Hajin and now control parts of it.

Omar Abou Leila, who monitors the war in Deir el-Zour from Europe, said SDF fighters broke through the defenses of Hajin.

The Observatory says since the fighting began nearly three months ago, 1,616 people have been killed including 827 IS gunmen, 481 SDF fighters and 308 civilians.


Reader Comments


Next Up in Nation & World

California farm tied to romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak, recalls more lettuce
California farm tied to romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak, recalls more lettuce

A California farm tied to a recent outbreak of E. coli bacteria in romaine lettuce is recalling more lettuce, as well as other vegetables.  >> Read more trending news  Adam Bros. Farming is recalling red and green leaf lettuce and cauliflower harvested between Nov. 27 and Nov. 30 because it might be contaminated with E. coli bacteria...
Year’s brightest comet flies by Earth this weekend
Year’s brightest comet flies by Earth this weekend

Backyard astronomers will get a visual feast this weekend when a comet that orbits between Jupiter and the Sun will be closest to Earth.  >> Read more trending news  Comet Wirtanen reaches its closest approach to Earth, a mere 7.1 million miles, Sunday evening and early into Monday, making it one of the 10 closest flybys in 70...
Priest’s suicide homily, ‘bully’ coach add to family’s grief at son’s funeral
Priest’s suicide homily, ‘bully’ coach add to family’s grief at son’s funeral

Maison Hullibarger was a straight-A student and a tremendous athlete who ended his own life earlier this month.  The tragic loss was devastating and the difficulty of burying their son was made harder by a priest’s homily with myriad references to suicide and the unwelcome attendance of a hard-nosed football coach who had bullied the 18-year-old...
Florida mother disappears day after Thanksgiving, community rallies to find her
Florida mother disappears day after Thanksgiving, community rallies to find her

Family members of a mother say she disappeared the day after Thanksgiving and was never heard from again.  >> Read more trending news  Tiffany Wells, 35, has two young children and had just started working at the ULTA in the St. Johns Town Center Action News Jax obtained a missing person’s report that says Tiffany Wells never...
Cardi B's husband Offset begs her to come back, says it's all he wants for birthday
Cardi B's husband Offset begs her to come back, says it's all he wants for birthday

Offset only wants one thing for his birthday — Cardi B.    » RELATED: Cardi B announces split with husband Offset  Just one week after the “Bodak Yellow” rapper, 26, announced she and her husband, 26, are calling it quits after a year of marriage, Offset shared a lengthy apology on Instagram Friday...
More Stories