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Early celebrations as Syria war on IS holdout wraps up

Early celebrations as Syria war on<br />
IS holdout wraps upTheir battle against the last jihadists holding out in the besieged Syrian village of Baghouz hasn’t quite ended but Kurdish-led fighters have already started celebrating. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) delivered the killer blow to the last vestige of the Islamic State group’s “caliphate” this week and the end of the bruising six-month-old operation is now within touching distance. With backing from the US-led coalition’s warplanes, they forced holdout jihadists from their main encampment and into a few hectares (couple of acres) of farmland by the Euphrates River.



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Syria force locked in battle with IS jihadists in holdout village

Syria force locked in battle with IS jihadists in holdout villageUS-backed forces battled Islamic State group fighters Saturday as the holdout jihadists clung to the last dregs of their crumbling “caliphate” in eastern Syria. For weeks, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have been battling to crush IS fighters cornered in a riverside encampment in the village of Baghouz. The makeshift camp of tents and tunnels is all that remains of a once-sprawling “caliphate” declared in 2014 over swathes of Syria and neighbouring Iraq.



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Syria force carries out major evacuation from last IS holdout

Syria force carries out major evacuation from last IS holdoutUS-backed forces evacuated over 40 truckloads of people from the Islamic State group’s last Syria redoubt on Monday, as they sought to clear out civilians before a final push to crush the jihadists. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have slowed down their offensive on the final pocket due to the presence of civilians, with just a scrap of the IS “caliphate” remaining from a territory that once spanned Syria and Iraq. An AFP correspondent saw more than 46 trucks crammed with men, women and children, approaching an SDF outpost, 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of the jihadist redoubt.



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Convoy plucks women, children from last IS holdout in Syria

Convoy plucks women, children from last IS holdout in SyriaHundreds of people including women and children were trucked out of the Islamic State group’s last Syria redoubt Wednesday, bringing US-backed forces closer to retaking the last sliver of the “caliphate”. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said however it was just a first wave of evacuations, and that a large number of civilians and IS fighters still remained inside. The implosion of the jihadists’ proto-state, which once spanned swathes of Syria and neighbouring Iraq, has left Western nations grappling with how to handle citizens who left to join IS.



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Manafort juror says 1 holdout prevented 18-count conviction

Manafort juror says 1 holdout prevented 18-count convictionWASHINGTON (AP) — A juror in Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial says a lone holdout prevented the jury from convicting the onetime Trump campaign chairman on all 18 counts.



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Manafort juror said one holdout 'exasperated' others with her logic

Manafort juror said one holdout 'exasperated' others with her logicThe comments from Paula Duncan, the only juror so far to speak out after Tuesday’s verdict in Alexandria Virginia, offered fresh insight into how the jury of six men and six women reached a consensus on 8 charges while deadlocking on the other 10 counts. Duncan, 54, a Trump supporter, told Reuters in a phone interview that she believed Manafort had been “targeted” and “harassed” by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team but that politics did not influence how she considered the evidence. Duncan said the other jurors were frustrated with the holdout, who prevented them from reaching a consensus to convict on seven of nine counts of bank fraud and three of four counts of failing to declare foreign bank accounts.



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