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U.S.-backed Syrian force attacks ISIS enclave

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U.S.-backed Syrian force attacks ISIS enclave

U.S.-backed Syrian force attacks ISIS enclave

U.S.-backed Syrian forces launched an assault against the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Sunday, aiming to wipe out the last vestige of its self-declared “caliphate” that once spanned a third of Iraq and Syria.

Chris Dignam has more.

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U.S.-backed Syrian force attacks ISIS enclave

U.S.-backed Syrian forces launched an attack against the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Sunday, aiming to wipe out the last vestige of its self-declared “caliphate” that once spanned a third of Iraq and Syria.

Syrian Democratic Forces or the SDF had been poised to advance into the town of Baghouz for weeks, but repeatedly held back to allow for the evacuation of civilians, many of them wives and children of Islamic State fighters.

The enclave represents the last shred of populated land held by the jihadists, but the group is still widely seen as a big security threat with the ability to launch guerrilla attacks.

A former Islamic State fighter who surrendered to the SDF two months ago told Reuters in an interview on Saturday that the group had sent hundreds of men out of its diminishing territory to establish sleeper cells.

Earlier on Sunday, a Reuters journalist in SDF-held ground observed Islamic State fighters moving around in the part of the town that's still under their control.

The SDF has also said the most hardened foreign jihadists are still holed up inside, ready to fight to the end.



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