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First UK Soldier Killed In Syria Bomb Blast During Fight Against Islamic State

A British soldier has been killed in combat by an improvised explosive device in Syria.

According to BBC defence correspondent Jonathan Beale, this is the first death of a serving UK troop in the fight against the Islamic State.

US officials confirmed an American soldier was also killed by the roadside bomb in the northern Syrian city of Manbij on Thursday, while four other troops were wounded, reports the Telegraph.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence said: “It is with regret that we must confirm that a member of the UK armed forces was killed by an improvised explosive device in Syria yesterday.”

The individual was embedded with US forces on a counter-Daesh [Isis] operation when the incident occurred. The family has been notified and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

On Israeli border’s airstrikes dealt ‘severe blows’ to Iran and Syria

Israel’s prime minister said Sunday his country delivered “severe blows” to Iranian and Syrian forces and vowed to take further action against its adversaries following the most serious Israeli engagement in Syria since the war there erupted almost seven years ago.

Benjamin Netanyahu’s words to his Cabinet came a day after Israel carried out a wave of airstrikes in Syria. Israel ordered the airstrikes after it intercepted an Iranian drone that had infiltrated its airspace, and an Israeli F-16 was downed upon its return from Syria.

“Yesterday we dealt severe blows to the Iranian and Syrian forces,” Netanyahu said. “We made it unequivocally clear to everyone that our rules of action have not changed one bit. We will continue to strike at every attempt to strike at us.

This has been our policy and it will remain our policy.” Israel has tried to stay on the sidelines since civil war broke out in neighboring Syria in 2011, though it has periodically carried out airstrikes against suspected weapons shipments believed to be headed for Lebanese Hezbollah, the Iranian and Syrian-allied militant group.

 

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Airstrikes kill 12 civilians in IS Syria holdout

Airstrikes on one of the last villages still held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria has killed 12 civilians, including four children, a monitor said on Monday.

French cement group paid IS to operate in Syria

French cement company Lafarge paid close to 13 million euros ($A20 million) to armed groups including Islamic State militants to keep their operations open in Syria.

The lawyers of Lafarge were speaking on Tuesday on the course of French prosecutors’ preliminary inquiry into Lafarge’s operations launched in June on suspicion of “financing of a terrorist enterprise“.

China: troops in Syria to fight alongside Assad

China becomes increasingly concerned with the presence of Islamic militants in the East Turkestan region.

For this reason China is planning to send troops to Syria to aid President Bashar Al-Assad’s forces.

The Syrian regime has also claimed that thousands of  fighters of an ethnic Muslim minority, that Chinese authorities regularly accuse of terrorism, have arrived in Syria illegally.