TABQA (SYRIA), May 11 (NNN-AGENCIES) -- An alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters has announced it has taken a strategically important town from the Daesh group.
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said they had "completely liberated" the town and its nearby dam, which are 40km west of Daesh-stronghold Raqqa.
The fighting has been raging in the town for weeks, with Daesh suicide bombers and snipers putting up fierce resistance.
They have been holding out in the northern neighbourhoods, and in the structure of the nearby dam, which the UN had previously warned was risked flooding the area if it was damaged.
However, SDF spokesman Talal Sello conceded "combing operations are ongoing to ensure that the city is clear".
In other development, an asylum seeker has been sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA after being found guilty of killing 20 people in Syria.
The 27-year-old man was accused of shooting unarmed or wounded soldiers following a battle in the city of Homs.
The man, who has not been named, had denied the charges. He was arrested in western Austria in June.
It is thought to be the first time that a case involving war crimes in Syria have been tried in Austria.
Previous reports in local media said the man had told others at a refugee shelter that he had shot dead government soldiers when he was fighting with rebel group called the Farouq Brigade, linked to the Free Syrian Army.
But his lawyers said his account of events was mistranslated and that he was expected to appeal against his conviction.
The suspect was placed under investigation when officials were alerted to his account of events in Syria last year.
Officials had previously said the actions that he had allegedly described qualified as terrorism and could be prosecuted under international counter-terrorism agreements.
Killing injured soldiers is prohibited under the Geneva Convention. -- NNN-AGENCIES
Source: NAM News Network