Backed Kurdish fighters begin offensive into last Syrian territory held by ISIS

Map showing last IS-held territory in Syria

US to pull forces out of Syria by end of April: Report

US -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.

Bali, of the SDF, said that "in the last two months, most who handed themselves in or were arrested were foreign".

The final battle to clear the village of Baghouz is now playing out after 20,000 civilians were evacuated from the area in the eastern province of Deir-al-Zour over the past few weeks.

"This battle will be sealed in the coming days", he said.

The SDF units are engaged in a fight against terrorists and are backed by the US-led coalition, whose airstrikes in the region have resulted in multiple civilian casualties, according to Syrian media reports. A USA official told Reuters that the US military is planning to completely withdraw from Syria by the end of April.

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The aim of the Manbij deal is to ensure security and stability in the province by eliminating YPG terrorists who now control the region in northern Syria and ultimately handing the administration of the province to a body consisting of local people.

The SDF, backed by a US -led coalition, began the assault on Saturday, seeking to wipe out the last remnants of the jihadist group's "caliphate" in the SDF's area of operations in eastern and northern Syria.

Up to 600 fighters could still remain inside, a lot of them foreigners, according to Bali.

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reportedly attacked in a village near Hajin by some of the terrorist organisation's foreign fighters in an apparent coup attempt, The Guardian reported, citing anonymous intelligence sources.

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.

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"ISIS isn't finished yet", one commander said this week. "They are mostly ISIS gangs' families". The strategy, which the group deployed in Mosul and elsewhere, is presenting a real challenge, SDF commanders said.

In December, Trump announced the withdrawal of 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria in a surprise move, saying ISIL had been defeated.

The Observatory said suspected ISIS sleeper cells have allegedly assassinated at least 50 civilians and 135 SDF fighters in Kurdish-held territory since August.

"There were heavy clashes this morning, with landmines going off", said Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Britain-based war monitor.

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.

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