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.
Syrian regime and Russian forces have killed at least six civilians in northwestern Idlib province, according to a war monitor.
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.
A pilot who ejected from the plane was captured, says Syrian Observatory for Human Rights after militants shoot down a regime warplane in Idlib province.
Opposition factions seized Hamameyat village and a hilltop in Hama province amid deadly clashes, war monitor SOHR says.
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.
At least 44 regime loyalists, 39 rebel and militant fighters have been killed since Thursday on the edge of rebel-controlled Idlib, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.
The civilians, including a dozen people at a busy market, were killed in the rebel and opposition-held Idlib since Tuesday midnight, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.
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