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A woman holds a baby as she stands next to female fighters from Syrian Democratic Forces near Baghouz [Rodi Said-Reuters]

US-backed force expects ‘decisive battle’ against ISIS on Sunday

A US-backed Syrian force closing in on ISIL's last territorial bastion near the Iraqi border expects a "decisive battle" on Sunday after advancing slowly, a spokesperson said.
Hoda Muthana is the only US citizen among an estimated 1,500 foreign women and children at the al-Hawl refugee camp [Fadel Senna-AFP]

US woman ‘deeply regrets’ joining ISIS, wants to return home

A US woman who ran away from home at the age of 20 to live in ISIL's so-called 'caliphate' says she "deeply regrets" her decision, and has pleaded with US authorities to allow her to return home.

Islamic State ‘recaptures 60 percent’ of last Syria stronghold

Reports that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has recaptured major parts of al-Bukamal, its last stronghold in Syria, have emerged two days after the Syrian army declared it had taken full control over the town.

Moscow denies IS captives are Russian soldiers

Russia has said media reports claiming two Russian soldiers were captured by ISIL in Syria "are hardly official information".

Russia blames US policy for Russian general’s death in Syria

A senior Russian official has denounced what he called the "two-faced policy" of the US, saying it was to blame for the death of a Russian general, Valery Asapov, in Syria, according to an RIA news agency report.

Several IS top leaders killed in Syria strike – Russia

A Russian air strike in Syria's Deir Az Zor has killed at least 40 ISIL fighters, including several of the group's top commanders, Moscow's defence ministry said.

IS makes gains against Syrian army in Raqqa province

ISIL fighters have killed at least 34 Syrian government troops and seized their vehicles, pushing back the army advancing on Maadan, one of the last ISIL-held towns in Raqqa province.

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Shanghai Shenhua forward Odion Ighalo has scored his first goal in the Chinese Super League since May when he left to represent Nigeria at 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Kogi West elders endorse Governor Bello’s second term bid

Some leaders from the Kogi West Senatorial district have declared supporting Governor Yahaya Bello’s second term bid will better position the zone for the governorship position in 2023.

Purveyors of hate speech should not expect rest – minister

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says no amount of attacks, sponsored or otherwise, will stop the implementation of approved recommendations on reform of broadcasting code.

No Nigerian bank is distressed – central bank chief

Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele, yesterday, allayed fears on speculations of alleged insolvency in about seven banks following their failure to scale through a recent stressed conducted by industry regulators.