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Islamic State attacks truffle hunters, shepherds in Syria

US forces reported killing a senior Islamic State official in Syria as the group's resurgence continues.
Syrian Kurdish Asayish security forces walk past a house during a raid against suspected Islamic State fighters in Raqqa, Syria, Jan. 29, 2023.

A Syrian war monitor reported three deadly incidents involving the Islamic State (IS) on Sunday, and another on Saturday. IS is experiencing a resurgence in Syria as of late, and US and allied Syrian forces are continuing to target the group. 

What happened: The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Sunday that IS had killed 36 people east of Hama in central Syria. Seventeen of those killed were members of the pro-government National Defense Forces militia, while 19 were civilians. 

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