US-backed New Syrian Army close in on ISIS on Syrian-Iraqi border town

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US-backed Syrian rebels say they are closing in on a town on the border with Iraq held by so-called Islamic State.

The New Syrian Army (NSA) said it had captured a number of IS positions on the outskirts of Albu Kamal, after overrunning a nearby military airport.

However, a raid into the town launched at dawn is reported to have been repelled by militants.

The offensive, which began on Tuesday, is aimed at cutting a key route between IS-controlled areas in Syria and Iraq.

The NSA said it was co-ordinating the assault with Iraqi government forces, who were advancing on the border from the other side.

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