IS pulls out fighters from Raqqa to reinforce other fronts

Damascus, Jan 8 (IANS) The Islamic State (IS) terror group has withdrawn some 150 fighters in the last 48 hours from the province of Raqqa, its stronghold in Syria, in order to send them to other fronts.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Sunday, the fighters left the city with 20 vehicles loaded with weapons and headed to eastern Syria, Efe news reported.

Meanwhile, a local IS commander was killed in airstrikes carried out by the US-led international coalition in the village of Qusairat Sheikh al-Juma’a, south of Raqqa, the NGO said in a separate statement.