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Syrian fighters say 'thousands' still inside last ISIL pocket

Syrian fighters say 'thousands' still inside last ISIL pocket”

USA -backed Syrian forces captured Islamic State fighters believed involved in the January blast that killed four Americans - the deadliest assault on us troops in Syria since American forces entered the country in 2015, a spokesman said.

"The use of threatening language against the SDF who have liberated and protected the north and east of Syria from terrorists only serves those forces working to divide Syria", the semi-autonomous administration of northern and northeastern Syria said in a statement. The US has also questioned the militants, who were captured in Manbij.

Mustafa Bali, the SDF spokesman, tweeted a series of map images showing the territory SDF said had been claimed, near the Euphrates River.

"I hope it won't take more than a week but this is a personal estimate", he said in the village of Sousa in eastern Syria.

"This is not a victory announcement, but a significant progress in the fight", Bali said in a Twitter post.

The enclave resembles an encampment, filled with stationary vehicles and rough shelters with blankets or tarpaulins that could be seen flapping in the wind during a lull in fighting as people walked among them.

Asked by Reuters how long it would take to defeat the remaining jihadists, Bali said he expected the operation to end "very soon", adding that some remaining militants had fallen back to the bank of the nearby Euphrates River.

After sweeping across swathes of Syria and Iraq in 2014, the IS jihadists' cross-border "caliphate" has been whittled down by multiple offensives to the tiny embattled enclave in Baghouz. Baghouz's fall would mark the end of the devastating four-year campaign to end IS's hold on any kind of territory, although it maintains scattered presence and sleeper cells in both countries.

The battle for Baghouz has dragged on for weeks - and the encampment has proven a major battleground, with tents covering foxholes and underground tunnels.

"Do you think the displacement of the weak and poor out of Baghouz will weaken the Islamic State?". The sheer number who emerged - almost 30,000 since early January according to Kurdish officials - took the Syrian Democratic Forces by surprise.

Kurds make up around 15 percent of Syria's population, and the SDF is the second force after the Syrian army, seizing around 30 percent of the country's territories.

In the last two weeks, many IS militants appeared to be among those evacuating.

Over the past two months, more than 60,000 people have poured out of the dwindling enclave, almost half of whom surrendered as Islamic State supporters, including some 5,000 fighters, according to the SDF.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the blast which struck outside a popular restaurant in Manbij in January that killed at least 16 people, including two USA service members and two American civilians.

Mr Bali declined to specify the nationalities of the captured fighters and did not say when the operation took place. An audio recording released overnight purported to carry a message from spokesman Abi al-Hassan al-Muhajer saying the group would stay strong and urged fresh attacks.



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