U.S.-backed forces start operation against last IS militants in eastern Syria

Source: Xinhua| 2019-03-02 02:28:52|Editor: yan
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DAMASCUS, March 1 (Xinhua) -- The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) started Friday its last push against remnants of Islamic State (IS) militants in eastern Syria, the SDF spokesman said.

After securing the evacuation of civilians and kidnapped SDF fighters, the SDF launched the final push against the IS-held area in the town of Baghouz in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zour province, said Mustafa Bali, the SDF spokesman.

He said only terrorists are remaining in Baghouz.

The SDF fighters had been waiting for the civilians to fully evacuate Baghouz to launch the final stage of battle to eliminate IS completely from the few areas they control in farmlands of Baghouz.

It's worth noting that the SDF, with the help of the U.S.-led coalition, succeeded to strip IS of key areas, such as Raqqa in 2017, as the city was the de facto capital of the terror-labeled group.

The Kurdish-led group has also been on a wide-scale offensive against IS in the eastern Euphrates since last September, during which they managed to take important IS strongholds and now besieging the group in a small area.