The US-led coalition against ISIS announced that they were able to kill a senior ISIS militant involved in the execution of western hostages in Syria. Abu al-Umarayn was involved in the killing of US aid worker Peter Kassig in 2014.
The Islamic State (IS) has lost nearly all of the territory which it seized in 2014, including its de facto capital Raqqa, but retains a presence in Syria's Badiya desert and a pocket in the Euphrates Valley in the east.
65-year-old Syrian woman dies in captivity among over 30 others seized two weeks ago from Sweida province. The woman like many of the captives is from the Druze minority community that lives in Southern Syria.
ISIS has threatened to harm the 14 women taken hostage from Sweida if Syrian Government does not halt its offensive. Despite these warnings the Syrian Army and its allies are continuing their push on ISIS' pocket in southwest Syria.