Islamic State kills 215 in southwest Syria attacks
In the group’s deadliest attack in years, Islamic State fighters killed over 200 people in a government-held part of southwestern Syria on Wednesday. The assault coordinated several suicide attacks with swarms of militants across a number of villages in the area. Government forces responded and killed 75 IS fighters. Highlighting their continued threat, the attack comes only days after a director at the Combined Joint Task Force for Operation Inherent Resolve announced that the coalition is in the final 2-3 months of action against the Islamic State, as its territory has shrunk to a small 20 mile stretch along the Euphrates River.