Another turning point in the hunt for Baghdadi came earlier this year during a joint operation in which US, Turkish and Iraqi intelligence agents captured senior Daesh leaders, including four Iraqis and one Syrian, an Iraqi security official says.
As children around the world start a new school year, for children in Idlib province the risks involved in going to school are increasing.
Air strikes carried out by US-led coalition forces killed and wounded many civilians, UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria's report said, adding raids by the SDF, backed by coalition gunships, also apparently violated international law.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said opposition forces attacked regime positions in the south of Idlib, killing at least 51 combatants on both sides, as Russian-backed regime forces have been making gains in the last opposition stronghold.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based war monitor, said that four children were among 15 civilians killed in air strikes by the Syrian regime and its ally Russia.
War monitor said that Syrian regime forces and insurgents fought fierce battles that left dozens dead in the country's northwest, as the regime tried to regain control of two villages they lost earlier this month.
Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the civlians, including two children, were killed on the outskirts of Maaret al Numan town and in the villages of Kansafra and Khan al Subul.
Clashes ensued when Russian-backed regime forces tried to retake two villages seized by militants and allied rebels earlier this month.
The State Department said it was assessing indications that the regime used chemical weapons on Sunday during its offensive in Idlib, the most significant remaining holdout of rebels.
Turkey on Thursday deported Johanna Cornelia Boersma for her suspected links to Jabhat al Nusra, a terrorist group with historic links to Al Qaeda, a senior official of the Turkish presidency said.
Days of fighting between the Hayat Tahrir al Sham (HTS) alliance and Turkey-backed National Liberation Front (NLF) ended after the parties reached a ceasefire agreement in Idlib.
The assault on Idlib has been prevented, for now. The only way to prevent a future offensive, though, will be to get the US, Turkey and NATO on a united track.
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