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US-sponsored and Kurdish-led Syrian forces said they were locked on Sunday for the final territory controlled by ISIS in eastern Syria. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed by US air strikes, have successfully defeated a terrorist group, which, in 2014, has been defeated. Received a large North East Syrian area, NPR's Lama Al-Arian reports on our news section.
The impact began on Saturday, when nearly 20,000 people were evacuated from the ISIS-protected area in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour, near the Iraqi border, Mustafa Bali, spokesman for the SDF. Nearly 600 ISIS fighters remain in the two villages that make up the enclave and many are believed to be foreigners.
"Today at 4 am The contradiction was broken, " Sunday morning in Bali tweeted . "The last villages are currently underway.
Al-Arian reports that despite efforts to help civilians flee the territory, it is reported that hundreds are still trapped. The Syrian Human Rights Observatory, a group that monitors human rights violations in Syria, said the SDF's forces were "cautious" about the mines planted by ISIS.
Although Bali describes the assault as a "final battle" against ISIS, the extremist group still has a certain area south of Damascus, mostly controlled by the Syrian government, according to Reuters.
ISIS has previously controlled a large part of Syria and Iraq, which in 2014 had a large share of the total. Announces caliphate and billions of dollars in oil revenue, rape and abduction. From 2011 Syria was involved in a violent civil war that created a safe haven for extremists and allowed ISIS to spread rapidly. However, the fall of two major cities – Syrian Raqqa and Iraqi Mosul – was a fall in 2017. It was the beginning of a group loss.
USA. Intelligence officials told Reuters that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, self-declared ISIS leader, is alive and suspected of hiding in Iraq.
Attack of the SDF Force Weekend after President Short said on Wednesday that he was about to announce next week that the US-led coalition had recovered the entire territory previously managed by ISIS. Shortly, the US plans to withdraw 2,000 US troops from Syria, despite warnings from US military and security experts that Iraqi and Syrian militants could prepare for the uprising if US-led forces resign.
Commander of the US Central Command General Joseph Votel warned that he abandoned last week by saying to the Senate Armed Services Committee: "The fight against ISIS and violent extremists has not ended and our mission has not changed and our mission has not changed. "
" Coalition's hard-won battlefield victory can only be secured by vigilant insults against a fundamentally dispersed and divided ISIS that keeps leaders, militants, mediators, resources, and prophetic ideology promoting their efforts, "Votel added.
The withdrawal of US forces may also be a problem for the nearest ally in the region, the Kurdish people's defense units (YPGs), which Turkey considers to be a terrorist group. The Syrian government claimed that Kurdish-controlled areas would eventually return to government control. US official Reuters reported that US troops are planning to withdraw from Syria by the end of April.