Backed Syrian Forces in Assault to Oust Last of IS Group

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The Observatory said over 37,000 civilians, including tens of IS militants, have fled the last IS-held pocket to areas controlled by the SDF in the eastern Euphrates area since last December.

The coalition has been training and providing air support to the Syrian Democratic Forces, which launched an offensive on the last pocket of jihadist territory in September 2018.

"At some point, we make political progress, or they're going to have to tell the military to slow down, or we're going to proceed without a political process".

"They are attempting to escape through intermixing with the innocent women and children attempting to flee the fighting", Maj-Gen Ghika said in a statement.

The Islamic State (IS) group is far from defeated, and is morphing into an asymmetrical warfare force after the militant group lost nearly all of the territory it once controlled in Syria, German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Friday.

He said in the last 10 days SDF fighters had handled the battle "patiently" as civilians were evacuated from the besieged enclave comprising two villages near the Iraqi border.

That would herald an end to the almost five-year-old war aimed at pushing the Islamic State out of its self proclaimed "caliphate", the once vast stretch of territory spanning Syria and Iraq that at its peak was roughly the size to Britain.

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The siblings are the children of late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died in 2016 after a record breaking 70 years on the throne. The election committee has also not responded to her announcement yet, saying its members would gather on Monday.

President Donald Trump, who is planning to pull US forces out of Syria, said on Wednesday he expected a formal announcement as early as this week that the coalition had reclaimed all the territory previously held by ISIL.

USA and SDF officials say, however, they have no reason to believe he is there.

Bali said there could be up to 600 IS fighters still inside the pocket, majority foreigners.

Kurdish authorities say they have in their custody hundreds of foreign male IS members.

Human Rights Watch has warned that any transfers of suspected foreign jihadists and their relatives out of Syria should be transparent.

The Turkish offensive against Kurdish militias was postponed in January after Erdogan's conversation with Trump, which ended in a plan to create a 30-kilometre (18-mile) buffer zone in Syria. On Wednesday, the Senate voted to include a nonbinding amendment in a foreign policy bill that condemned the "precipitous" withdrawal from Syria and Afghanistan, where Trump is also seeking to downsize United States military presence.

Syria's war has killed more than 360,000 people and displaced millions since it erupted in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests. While ISIS has now explicitly implicated al-Jazairi in the attack, the step of placing a monetary reward for a fellow fighter's life is unusual."They got wind of it just in time", the Guardian reported an intelligence source as having stated.

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