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Islamic State 'caliphate' defeated, yet threat persists

Mar 23 2019

DEIR AL-ZOR PROVINCE, Syria U.S.-backed forces proclaimed the capture of Islamic State's last territory in Syria on Saturday, eliminating its rule over a self-proclaimed "caliphate", but the jihadists remain a threat from sleeper cells around the world. | Video

Hundreds surrender as Islamic State nears defeat in last enclave

Mar 12 2019

BAGHOUZ, Syria Islamic State faced imminent defeat in its final enclave on Tuesday as hundreds of jihadist fighters and their families surrendered and the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said the battle was as good as over.

Last Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria pounded in U.S.-backed assault

Mar 12 2019

BAGHOUZ, Syria Islamic State's final enclave in eastern Syria was pounded with air strikes and artillery on Monday in a U.S.-backed assault aimed at wiping out the last shred of its territorial rule that once spanned a third of Syria and Iraq. | Video

U.S.-backed Syrian force attacks Islamic State enclave

Mar 10 2019

BAGHOUZ, Syria U.S.-backed Syrian forces launched an assault against the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Sunday, aiming to wipe out the last vestige of its self-declared "caliphate" that once spanned a third of Iraq and Syria. | Video

With shrouded faces, Islamic State fighters stand guard over final enclave

Mar 10 2019

BAGHOUZ, Syria Armed with assault rifles and with faces wrapped in scarves, the Islamic State fighters visible at the boundary of their last enclave in eastern Syria are among the hardened jihadists who appear ready to fight to the death. | Video

More civilians leave Islamic State's Syria enclave, delaying final assault

Mar 10 2019

BAGHOUZ, Syria The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) paused military operations against Islamic State (IS) militants holed up in the group's final enclave in eastern Syria, expecting more civilians to be evacuated from the area on Saturday, an SDF official said. | Video

Hundreds of Islamic State fighters surrender in east Syria

Mar 06 2019

NEAR BAGHOUZ, Syria Hundreds of Islamic State fighters surrendered on Wednesday and hundreds more of their comrades were caught trying to escape the jihadist group's last, tiny scrap of land in eastern Syria, said a commander in the militia besieging it.

Hundreds of jihadists surrender in eastern Syria enclave

Mar 05 2019

DEIR AL-ZOR PROVINCE, Syria Hundreds of Islamic State militants have surrendered as they left the group's last enclave in eastern Syria amid more than 6,500 people, mostly civilians, who were evacuated in the last 24 hours, a spokesman for the U.S.-backed Syrian force battling the jihadists said on Tuesday.

U.S.-backed Syrian force attacks final IS enclave

Mar 01 2019

DEIR AL-ZOR PROVINCE, Syria U.S.-backed forces launched an attack on Friday to evict Islamic State from its last territorial bastion and seal four years of international efforts to roll back a "caliphate" that redrew the map of the Middle East. | Video

Tunnels, civilians slow capture of Islamic State's last Syria pocket

Feb 24 2019

DEIR AL-ZOR PROVINCE, Syria More than a thousand foreign jihadists could still be sheltering among civilians in Islamic State's final stronghold in east Syria, a shred of land riddled with defensive tunnels, an official with the U.S.-backed force trying to defeat them said on Sunday.

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