Syrian regime air strikes killed at least 10 civilians, including two women and children, in the town of al-Shadadi, northeastern Syria, activists said.
The small tribal town, west of Hassakeh, witnessed the death of over 50 people weeks ago when al-Shadadi was targeted by Bashar al-Assad's air strikes.
ISIS fighters, who control al-Shadadi and vast territories northeast Syria and Iraq, were defeated by Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) militias in a number of villages.
The Kurdish PYD and YPG militias – US allies in the fight against ISIS – have shown grit in fighting the terrorist organization, but the militias’ effectiveness will likely diminish beyond the Kurdish areas.
According to Reuters, a senior Western diplomat said the significance of ISIS' recent setbacks should not be exaggerated, but added: "There’s no doubt that the heady days of ISIS are over."
Syria's four-year-old war has killed more than 220,000 people and forced millions from their homes.