Wounded and alone, children emerge from last Islamic State enclave

Wounded and alone, children emerge from last Islamic State enclaveThe Iraqi orphan’s family had died two years earlier in air strikes across the border in al-Qaim region. Hareth was 11 years old when Islamic State (IS) carved out its “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria, killing thousands of civilians and attracting an array of enemies that have fought from the air and on the ground to uproot the jihadists. Now 16, he was among the children swept up this week in the civilian evacuation of Baghouz, the last shred of land under the jihadists’ control where they are on the brink of defeat at the hands of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).



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