Syrian state media said on Tuesday that rebels near Homs province have agreed to give up their territory to government forces as part of a surrender deal, CNN reported.
Rights groups said that the vast quantities of ordnance dropped since the start of Operation Shader against IS in 2014 seriously undermined the claim by ministers that the RAF has not caused any civilian casualties in the three-year-long bombing campaign. "As the President said in remarks with President Emmanuel Macron of France, we will ensure that there is a strong and lasting footprint in Syria such that ISIS can not return and populations liberated from ISIS are not exploited by the Assad regime or its Iranian supporters", the U.S. State Department said.
President Donald Trump has said he wants to pull out US troops as soon as IS is defeated.
Military officials made the announcement Tuesday, saying it's the last step in bringing lasting stability to both Syria and Iraq.
The UK admission also comes after Middle East Eye revealed past year that RAF jets and drones had dropped more than 3,400 bombs and missiles on IS militants in Iraq and Syria, far more than previously openly declared.
Hashim Muhammad, the SDF commander of the al-Jazeera Storm operation, accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of "playing a game" by trying to intentionally hamper their operation in eastern Deir el-Zour.
On Monday, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, issued a veiled threat to Israel without referring directly to Sunday's attacks.
The US-led coalition's air strikes have killed at least 25 civilians in the Syrian province of Al-Hasakah, leaving dozens wounded, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on Tuesday.
Speaking to Kurdistan 24, Lilwa al-Abdallah, a spokesperson for the offensive in oil-rich Deir al-Zor Province, said the operation would be backed by the US-led coalition forces, including American and French troops.
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The sources added that there were two elderly men among the deceased, noting that the fatalities mainly consisted of women and children. She said the clearing operations will take place with the help of the US-led coalition and Iraqi forces across the border.
U.S-backed Kurdish forces in Syria say they are resuming their campaign against Islamic State militants who still control areas near the border with Iraq.
The SDF had paused the battle against IS after Turkey launched an assault in January on the northwestern Afrin region.
The SDF halted its fight against IS in eastern Syria and turned westward in mid-March to fight a Turkish incursion in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin.
An array of Syrian and Iraqi forces has driven IS from almost all the territory it once held in the two countries.
Al-Ikhbariya TV broadcast images Tuesday of the released, including women and children, arriving by bus at a government-controlled checkpoint, kissing and hugging Syrian soldiers.
The 42 people freed on Tuesday are the first batch of more than 80 to be released.
It is the latest in a series of evacuation deals for areas around the capital that have been besieged for years and subjected to heavy bombardment by government forces.