Backed fighters close in on last IS-held village in Syria

Backed fighters close in on last IS-held village in Syria

Backed fighters close in on last IS-held village in Syria

US -backed and Kurdish-led Syrian forces said Saturday they have launched a final push to defeat the Islamic State group in the last tiny pocket the extremists hold in eastern Syria.

The weekend offensive by SDF forces comes after President Trump said on Wednesday he expected to announce as early as next week that the US -led coalition had recovered all of the area previously held by ISIS.

"The clashes are ferocious naturally because the terrorist group is defending its last stronghold", said Bali.

An SDF statement said the offensive was focused on the village of Baghuz.

The oil- and natural gas-rich Deir al-Zor governorate in eastern Syria has been contested between the Syrian government and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, and it also contains a few pockets of the remnants of the Islamic State militants alongside both eastern and western banks of the Euphrates River.

"This battle will be sealed in the coming days", he told Agence France-Presse news agency, adding that his men were so close to ISIS fighters as to be practically "face to face".

The once mighty ISIS, which once controlled swathes of Iraq and Syria, is now reduced to a small area of about two square miles, with hundreds of jihadist facing dying in vain.

"Some of them dress as women because we don't ask the women to raise their hijab", he said.

SDF fighters are advancing with support from coalition air strikes and artillery located across the border in Iraq.

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A series of assaults have left that proto-state in tatters.

A top US general said last week ISIL would pose an enduring threat following the USA withdrawal, as it still has leaders, fighters, facilitators and resources.

The Britain-based war monitor has said that figure includes some 3,200 suspected jihadists.

The assault began on Saturday after nearly 20,000 people were evacuated from the ISIS-held area in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour along the Iraqi border, according to SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali.

Many of them are foreigners who can't blend in with the locals to escape, according to SDF and USA officials. "Because this ally is the YPG, an extension of the PKK terrorist organization, which caused the deaths of thousands of people and poses a national security threat for Turkey", Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Önal said Thursday at an event organized by the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA).

Despite its caliphate being on the brink of collapse, IS still retains a presence in Syria's vast Badia desert and has carried out deadly attacks in SDF-held territory. Two SDF fighters were killed and others injured after one SDF vehicle was hit.

The Kurds, who have de facto semi-autonomy in northeastern Syria, are also engaged in behind-the-scenes diplomatic talks over the fate of the region.

ISIS still has a territorial foothold in Syria west of the Euphrates in areas otherwise held by the Syrian regime and its allies.

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