Syrian army pushes across desert towards Tabqa

ISTANBUL: The Syrian army and its allies are advancing across the eastern desert towards the Islamic State-controlled city of Tabqa, which lies adjacent to a military airbase and sits 40km west of IS’s de facto capital of Raqqa.

Activist: Islamic State currency a ‘media stunt’

Amman: The Islamic State never produced its much-publicized precious-metal currency, intended to replace US dollars and Syrian pounds, and has in fact only produced a few “souvenir coins,” activists in Raqqa told Syria Direct on Thursday.