In this file picture taken on Friday, July 21, 2017, Kurdish soldiers from the Anti-Terrorism Units, carry a blindfolded an Indonesian man suspected of Islamic State membership, at a security center, in Kobani, Syria. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)
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Daesh (ISIS) is building up its defenses in a pocket of territory on the Syrian-Iraqi frontier, the U.S.-led coalition said Friday, in an anticipation of assaults by Syrian and Iraqi forces aiming to snuff out the extremists' last stronghold.Dillon said Albukamal was "definitely" a target for the coalition but said it would be up to the leadership of the coalition's Syrian allies, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), to take the decision on a ground assault.Dillon said Daesh fighters were now "much different fighters" from the ones the U.S.-led coalition fought leading up to the battle for Mosul, the Iraqi city recaptured from Daesh in June.
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