A US-BACKED, Kurdish-led militia has driven Daesh militants from a northern Syrian town where the extremists had once run a training camp named for Osama bin Laden.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been advancing against Daesh on both sides of the Euphrates River Valley in Syria while battling the group for control of its de facto capital Raqqa with US air and ground support.

The SDF captured al-Ukayrshi, nine miles south-east of Raqqa and once home to a sprawling jihadi military installation.

Daesh is reported to have killed more than 200 of its own members in al-Ukayrshi in 2015, suspecting that they had defected to a rival faction, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Indirect peace talks on the country’s civil war are currently taking place in Geneva and are expected to last until Friday.