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US-led Syrian forces, led by the Kurds, said they were locked in a fierce battle to capture the final territory controlled by Isis in eastern Syria. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed by US air strikes, successfully overtaken the terrorist group that gained control over large northeastern areas of Syria in 2014, reports Lam Al-Arian of NPR for our news department.
The attack began on Saturday after nearly 20,000 people were evacuated from the Isis area in the eastern province of Deir el-Zur on the Iraqi border, according to SFP spokesman Mustafa Bali. Nearly 600 ISIS fighters remain in the two villages that make up the enclave, and many are believed to be foreigners, he said.
"This morning at 4am IT counter-attacked," Bali published on Sunday morning. "There is a collision in the last village.
Al-Arian reports that despite efforts to help civilians leave the area, hundreds are still closed inside. The Syrian Human Rights Observatory, a group that monitors human rights violations in Syria, said the SDF forces are moving "cautiously" because of the mines planted by Isis.
While Bali describes the offensive as the "last battle" against Isis, the extremist group still has some territory in the area south of Damascus, largely controlled by the Syrian government, according to Reuters .
ISIS previously controlled a large part of Syria and Iraq, declaring caliphate in 2014, and taking billions of dollars in oil revenues, extortion, and kidnapping. Since 2011, Syria has been involved in a fierce civil war that has created a safe haven for extremists and has allowed Isis to spread rapidly. But the fall of two large cities – Syracky Rakka and Iraqi Mosul – marks the beginning of the land loss in 2017 in 2017.
U.S. Intelligence officials told Reuters that Abu Bakr al-Baghdad, the self-appointed leader of Isis, is alive and suspected of hiding in Iraq.
Tuesday's weekend of the SFF forces comes on Wednesday after President Truh says he expects to announce next week that the US-led coalition has restored the entire area previously held by Isis. Trump is moving ahead with plans to withdraw 2,000 US troops from Syria, despite warnings from US military and security experts that Iraqi and Syrian militants can prepare for rebellion if the US forces withdraw.
The head of the US Central Command, Gen. Joseph Volell, warned against the rapid withdrawal last week, telling the Senate Armed Forces Committee, "the fight against ISIS and extremists with violence
"The hard-won gains on the coalition's battlefield can only be ensured by keeping a vigilant offensive against the already dispersed and divided Isis, which keeps leaders, fighters, facilitators, resources and so on. the fanatical ideology that fueled their efforts, "Vole added." The withdrawal of US forces could also cause problems for their closest ally in the region, the Kurdish People's Defense (YPG), which Turkey regards as a terrorist group. the Kurdish-controlled areas will eventually return to state control, and a US official told Reuters that US military plan to withdraw from Syria by the end of April.