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Civilians, including many children, leave IS-held enclave

Civilians, including many children, leave IS-held enclaveBAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — Young girls and boys stared out of the back of trucks, their faces dirty, their eyes filled with terror, exhaustion and uncertainty, as hundreds of men, women and children were evacuated from the Islamic State group's last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday. The evacuation may signal an imminent end to the territorial rule of the militants self-declared "caliphate" that once stretched across much of Syria and Iraq.



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Islamic State nears defeat in last Syrian enclave

Islamic State nears defeat in last Syrian enclaveMore than 2,000 civilians left the village of Baghouz in a convoy of dozens of trucks. Coalition warplanes could be seen overhead and the sounds of intermittent gunbattles could be heard from the area, which is completely surrounded by the SDF. “The terrorists are entrenched inside, still betting on ending it militarily,” said Mustafa Bali, head of the SDF media office.



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Push on last IS enclave blunted by discovery of civilians

Push on last IS enclave blunted by discovery of civiliansAL-OMAR OIL FIELD BASE, Syria (AP) — The offensive on the last enclave held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria has been blunted by the discovery of hundreds of civilians still living there, a commander with the Kurdish-led force fighting the extremists said Friday.



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SDF will attack IS Syria enclave once civilians out: official

SDF will attack IS Syria enclave once civilians out: officialThe U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is poised to attack the last Islamic State (IS) enclave in its area of operations once civilians still inside have been evacuated, an SDF official said. The besieged Islamic State enclave centered around Baghouz on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River represents the jihadist group’s last territorial foothold in the part of Syria where the U.S.-backed forces have been fighting it.



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After defeat in Iraq, IS fights on in last enclave in Syria

After defeat in Iraq, IS fights on in last enclave in SyriaBAGHDAD (AP) — A year after it was routed from Iraq in a devastating war that left entire neighborhoods and towns in ruins, the Islamic State group is fighting to hang on to its last enclave in eastern Syria, engaging in deadly battles with U.S.-backed forces.



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Enclave on edge as mystery persists in mansion fire, deaths

Enclave on edge as mystery persists in mansion fire, deathsCOLTS NECK, N.J. (AP) — When a landscaper alerted Boris Volshteyn to smoke pouring out of a nearby mansion, the plastic surgeon hurried home and found his friend and neighbor lying face down out front. His first thought was to try CPR, but it was no use.



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Syrian government gives rebels in enclave 3-day ultimatum

Syrian government gives rebels in enclave 3-day ultimatumBEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government has given a final, three-day ultimatum to the largest rebel group in the enclave of eastern Ghouta to leave the last remaining rebel-held town in the area, state TV reported on Thursday.



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Syrian government gives rebels in enclave 3-day ultimatum

Syrian government gives rebels in enclave 3-day ultimatumBEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government has given a final, three-day ultimatum to the largest rebel group in the enclave of eastern Ghouta to leave the last remaining rebel-held town in the area, state TV reported on Thursday.



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UN backs Syria ceasefire as death toll in rebel enclave tops 500

UN backs Syria ceasefire as death toll in rebel enclave tops 500The UN Security Council has unanimously demanded a 30-day ceasefire in Syria, as new air strikes on the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta took the civilian death toll from seven days of bombing to more than 500. After the council vote on Saturday, Syrian warplanes backed by Russian air power launched new raids on a town in Eastern Ghouta, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.



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New strikes hit Syria enclave after UN delays truce vote

New strikes hit Syria enclave after UN delays truce voteAir strikes and rocket fire hit the Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta for a seventh straight day on Saturday after the United Nations again delayed a vote on a ceasefire. The Damascus government launched a devastating bombardment of the enclave just outside the capital last Sunday that has now killed at least 474 civilians, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Britain-based monitor of the war said three civilians were killed and 12 wounded in Russian air strikes on the Eastern Ghouta town of Harasta early Saturday.



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