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US-backed Syrian force launches 'final battle' against ISIS

2019-02-10 10:05:37       source:The Straits Times

February 10, 2019

QAMISHLI, SYRIA (REUTERS) --- The United States-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) began an assault against the final Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) enclave in eastern Syria on Saturday (Feb 9), aiming to wipe out the last vestige of the militant group's "caliphate" in the SDF's area of operations.

President Donald Trump, who is planning to pull US forces out of Syria, said on Wednesday he expected an announcement as early as next week that the US-led coalition operating in support of the SDF had reclaimed all the territory previously held by the extremist group.

The enclave is close to the Iraqi border and comprises two villages, though ISIS also still has territory in the part of Syria that is mostly under the control of the Russian- and Iranian-backed Syrian government.

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