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Troops celebrate as US-backed force seizes IS camp in Syria

Troops celebrate as US-backed force seizes IS camp in SyriaBAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian forces on Tuesday seized control of an encampment held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, after hundreds of militants surrendered overnight, a spokesman said, signaling the group's collapse after months of stiff resistance. A group of suspects involved in a January bombing that killed four Americans in northern Syria were among militants captured by the Kurdish-led forces.



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IS cling to last redoubt in face of US-backed

IS cling to last redoubt in face of US-backedBaghouz (Syria) (AFP) – Islamic State group fighters launched suicide attacks Wednesday at US-backed Syrian forces in a desperate bid to defend their last scrap of territory after 3,000 of their fellow jihadists surrendered.



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US-backed Syrian forces push on as IS militants fight back

US-backed Syrian forces push on as IS militants fight backBAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian forces said Wednesday that Islamic State militants are putting up a desperate fight against their advances and staged a counterattack overnight from the tiny speck of land the extremists still hold in eastern Syria.



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US-backed Syrian forces resume assault on last IS redoubt

US-backed Syrian forces resume assault on last IS redoubtUS-backed forces said Sunday time was up for Islamic State group jihadists hunkering down in their eastern Syrian holdout and resumed their assault on the pocket. The extremists once ruled over millions in a swathe of Syria and Iraq, but they have since lost all that land except for a riverside encampment in the village of Baghouz. The Syrian Democratic Forces has slowed down its months-long campaign against IS in recent weeks to allow civilians and surrendering jihadists out from their shrinking enclave.



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US-backed Syrian fighters resume attack on Islamic State

US-backed Syrian fighters resume attack on Islamic StateBAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian fighters resumed their offensive on the last pocket held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria on Sunday, lighting the skies over the besieged village as artillery shelling and heavy gunfire rang out in the distance.



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The Latest: US-backed Syrian fighters to resume attack on IS

The Latest: US-backed Syrian fighters to resume attack on ISOUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):



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US-backed Syria force says time up for IS 'to surrender'

US-backed Syria force says time up for IS 'to surrender'US-backed forces said Sunday time was up for Islamic State group jihadists hunkering down in their eastern Syrian holdout and an assault was imminent. “The timeline (we gave) ISIS to surrender themselves is over,” Syrian Democratic Forces spokesman Mustefa Bali said on Twitter, using another acronym for IS. “Our forces have received orders for military action to finish off what is left of the terrorists in Baghouz,” a village near the Iraqi border, he said.



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'Never-ending' numbers in last IS scrap shock US-backed fighters

'Never-ending' numbers in last IS scrap shock US-backed fightersUS-backed fighters have been hoping for weeks that the final day has come for the Islamic State group’s “caliphate”, but its last tiny sliver of land just won’t seem to empty. Tens of thousands of dust-covered women, children and men have streamed out of the ragged tent encampment in the Syrian village of Baghouz since December — and despite that exodus they still keep on coming. “When we began the operation we knew there would be civilians, but not in such a big number,” Adnan Afrin, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces, said Thursday.



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US-backed fighters could soon resume offensive against IS

US-backed fighters could soon resume offensive against ISBAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — U.S.-backed fighters could soon resume an offensive against the Islamic State group in the last area they control in Syria, an official said Saturday, adding that the battle against the extremists is expected to take three days.



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US-backed Syria force demands IS jihadists surrender

US-backed Syria force demands IS jihadists surrenderIslamic State group jihadists defending their last scrap of territory in Syria have no choice but to surrender, a Kurdish-led force said on Monday, ahead of a victory declaration expected within days. The warning by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) came as European nations reacted coolly to a US call to repatriate their nationals from Syria, which Germany said would be “extremely difficult”. From an SDF position hundreds of metres (yards) away, an AFP reporter spotted people moving between white tents inside the last jihadist redoubt, including a woman clad in black and masked men.



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