Islamic State Lose Ground In Syria

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said say progress was made between the cities of Raqqa and Deir al-Zor, after...

Ground seized by the so-called Islamic State group has been retaken by Syrian government forces, according to local media sources.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights say progress was made in an area between Raqqa and Deir al-Zor, following airstrikes in the region.

Earlier this week, reports that US President Donald Trump has ended the CIA's programme to supply weapons to Syrian rebel groups - a clandestine programme started by former president, Barack Obama, in 2013.

It followed the US shooting down a pro-Syrian government drone after it fired at coalition forces, leading to Russia's defence ministry saying it will treat US-led coalition planes and drones in Syria as targets.

Raqqa Euphrates river map
US-backed Syrian forces began an offensive to capture the city of Raqqa from IS last month.