A Kurdish fighter from the People's Protection Units (YPG) fires a 120 mm mortar round in Raqqa, Syria. File photo/Reuters
A US-backed force and two Syrian activist groups say Daesh militants have carried out an attack in the city of Raqqa in northern Syria.
The early on Wednesday attack targeted a post of the US-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in Raqqa, which was once the extremists’ de facto capital.
The attack comes as Turkey is expected to launch an offensive against the Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria.
The Kurdish fighters say Daesh launched three suicide attacks against its positions in Raqqa. There was no word on casualties.
Raqqa is being Silently Slaughtered, an activist collective, reported an exchange of fire and a blast.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitoring group, says the attack involved two Daesh fighters who engaged in a shootout before blowing themselves up.
Damascus said on Thursday it rejects a US-Turkish plan to establish a buffer zone in northern Syria, blaming Syria’s Kurds for the proposal, state media said.
Turkey hopes the buffer zone, which it says should be at least 30 kilometres (19 miles) deep, will keep Syrian Kurdish fighters, considered a threat by Turkey but US allies in the fight against the Daesh group, away from its border.
US Defence Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Baghdad, as chaos swirled along the Turkey-Syria border because the Iraq military said on Tuesday that US forces crossing into Iraq as part of a pull-out from Syria do not have permission to stay and can only be there in transit.
Police also called on drivers not to completely close the vehicle's windows, especially when parked in the sunlight.
They seized more than two million medical masks of unknown origin, tens of thousands of fake labels, packages and covers for several brands and thousands of thermometers.
The Sharjah Broadcasting Authority (SBA) has lined up more than 90 programmes covering a range of topics to be broadcast on its radio and television channels during the holy month of Ramadan this year. The announcement came at a virtual press conference held on Tuesday.