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Dozens killed as Islamic State launches attack in Syria, Iraq

Kurdish-led forces in Syria have killed 23 Islamic State (IS)fighters  in clashes with the Jihadist group.

The deaths occurred after IS militants attacked a prison in the northeastern city of Hasaka on Thursday.

Seven members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), and an allied security force called the Asayish were killed in the attack, which was an attempt by IS to free prisoners in the jail, an SDF military source said on Friday.

Across the border in neighbouring Iraq, 11 Iraqi soldiers including an officer were killed on Friday when the militants attacked their base in Diyala province.

Islamic State controlled swathes of Syria and Iraq until it was driven from the territory in 2017-19 by adversaries including a US-led coalition, the SDF, and Iraqi security forces.

IS cells continue to carry out attacks in both countries.

The SDF said it had detained 89 militants in the area of the prison, where clashes were continuing. A witness said warplanes from the US-led coalition could be heard overhead.

A Reuters report said it was the second time since December that Islamic State had attacked the prison in an effort to free inmates.