500 people including ISIS fighters flee final stronghold in Syria amid military assault

A statement from the Kurdish-led forces said: "In order not to harm them, we are advancing slowly but we assert that the battle of Baghouz will end in a short period of time.” Retaking the land in Syria would be a milestone in the devastating four-year campaign to end IS' self-proclaimed "caliphate". script async src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"> This once straddled a vast territory across both Syria and Iraq and the extremist group continues to be a threat. It has sleeper cells in scattered desert pockets along the porous border between the two countries. IS militants have been battling to their last piece of land in eastern Syria, deploying snipers and guided missiles as well as using dug-out tunnels for surprise attacks. script async src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"> Those left in the IS-held area on Monday are thought to include people from Bosnia, Turkestan, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Syria and a man who claims he's French Black smoke billowed over the area after airstrikes hit several targets on Sunday.

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