Backed Syria force announces 'decisive' push against final IS holdout


The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on Saturday that a "final battle" against the Islamic State group in eastern Syria has started. The US-backed fighters foiled an ISIS counter-attack at around 4.00am local time, according to Mr Bali, who said "heavy fighting" was taking place inside the last village. The administration is expected to announce in the coming days that US-backed fighters and US-led airstrikes have succeeded in driving ISIS out of all the territory in Syria it once controlled.

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

The fight, characterized as the "last battle", aims to "eliminate the last remnants of the terrorist organization".

Success against the Islamic State in Baghouz would also increase pressure on the USA military to pull out of Syria, in accordance with Trump's instructions that the troops should leave once the Islamic State has been defeated.

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US -backed forces in Syria announced the beginning Saturday of the possible final battle for the last village controlled by the Islamic State. US, French, British and other forces are also actively looking for wanted ISIS operatives among those fleeing the combat zone with civilians.

"These tactics won't succeed, our Syrian partners are focused on finding ISIS wherever they hide, and our Iraqi partners have secured their borders", he said, using another acronym for IS.

U.S. President Donald Trump says one hundred percent of the territory once held by the ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria. will have been officially reclaimed as early as next week.

At least 48 suspected ISIS members were among them, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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At the time, Trump announced the withdrawal of 2,000 US troops from the conflict-ridden Middle Eastern country.

He said that when the SDF detects movement from IS fighters, they bomb them, but added: "There have not been any major changes".

The withdrawal would also include troops deployed at the United States military base at Tanf, near the Syrian border with Iraq and Jordan, they said.

Kurdish-led forces in eastern Syria prepared Friday for a push on the last remaining speck of the Daesh (ISIS) "caliphate" where diehard militants and their families are holed up.

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As the SDF closed in, there were reports that two Canadian women and their children who had been living in the ISIS-controlled area had surrendered to the US -backed forces, CNN and CBC reported Sunday.