US-Backed Syrian Forces in Assault to Oust Last of IS Group

Posted on February 10, 2019 6:31 am

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U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces were engaged in heavy clashes against Islamic State as they sought to clear the last enclave the militant group controls in eastern Syria. Mustafa Bali, an SDF spokesman, tweeted Saturday, “#SDF started to move on to the last village remaining under jihadists’ control. … Village of Baghuz, which is the only remaining #ISIS pocket, will be cleared soon.” “There are heavy clashes at the moment. We have launched an assault and the fighters are advancing,” an SDF field commander told AFP Sunday. The SDF, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, is fighting IS in a 4-square-kilometer area