Her fighters have surrounded the terrorist group's last stance but have slowed their progress to avoid hurting thousands of civilians who are held by Isis as human shields, said commander Chia Kobani, head of the SFF operations. The SDF also acts carefully to release the prisoners held by Isis, he said, adding that in recent days they have been able to release 10 prisoners. "Some may be surprised that Baguge has not yet fallen, but the shooting has stopped, but the area is within the reach of our fire, but we are moving cautiously because thousands of civilians are held as human shields," Kobani said.
"Over the next few days, very soon, we will pass on the good news to the world, to all people in the region, the Kurds, the Arabs, the Assyrians, all the people of the region, the military end of the ISIS terrorist group. 1
9659002] The area currently under ISIS has fallen from 1,000 square feet on Friday, according to the SDF. In its rise, Isis controlled the area of the UK and ruled over 10 million people.
Kobani said the SDF's efforts would not end with the abolition of ISIS's military presence on the ground.
"We will move on to the next stage to fight the ISIS and its sleeping cells and its remnants in the area to ensure the safety of this region and people's lives," he said.
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Before the offensive begins, The SDF estimates that 1500 civilians and 500 ISIS fighters remained, but with the onset of the attack, it became clear that the actual number was much higher. The fighters include some of the most fierce, ruthless and experienced staff remaining in Isis.
Some of those used as human shields are wives and children of these ISIS fighters.
Meanwhile, the United States continues to face criticism of its plan to pull the US troops out of Syria. In December, German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that the US's decision risks strengthening the role of Russia and Iran in the region.
"Is it a good idea to immediately withdraw troops from Syria, US soldiers, which is or will not strengthen the hand of Iran and the hand of Russia to influence the situation on earth? This is something that we need to discuss , "
Shortly thereafter, US Vice President Mike Pens said the conference – an annual meeting of Heads of State, Defense Ministers and experts igurnostta – that the decision to withdraw US troops from Syria was "a change in tactics, not a change in mission."
"The United States will retain a strong presence in the region, and we admit that it will not be enough just to get back the caliphate territory," he said. "When we enter this new phase, the United States will continue to work with all of our allies to pursue the remains of Isis where and when they support their ugly head."
The US commander, who is leading the war against ISIS, told CNN on Friday he did not agree with Trump's decision to withdraw troops from Syria and warned that the terrorist group was far from being defeated.
Joseph Volel, the largest US general in the Middle East, also said that US-backed forces in Syria are not prepared to deal with the ISIS threat alone
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Ben Vedeman CNN and Karim Kader reported from Eastern Syria and Laura Smith-Spark wrote from London. This report was contributed by Barbara Starr, Cathy Polglas and Nick Patton Walsh from CNN.