Fighting continues between Syrian Democratic Forces and Islamic State of Baghouz

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Syria’s Democratic Forces said they clashed with Islamic state militants holed up in the Baghouz area overnight with US air strikes aimed at defeating the organization’s last pockets of resistance.

Syria’s democratic forces have been battling for weeks to defeat the Islamic state in the Baguz enclave in southeastern Syria near the border with Iraq, the last enclave of an organization that once controlled a third of the territory of Syria and Iraq.

Syria’s pro-US democracy has recovered most of the region. Mustafa Bali, head of the media office of the Syrian Democratic Forces, told Reuters his fighters clashed late on Thursday with Islamic state militants in more than two locations where they refused to surrender.

The militants appeared to have been holed up in caves on a rocky cliff overlooking the Baguoz and in trenches close to the Euphrates.

US-led warplanes carried out two air strikes on Thursday evening targeting the organization’s movements.

“Our forces are trying to force them to surrender, but the fighting continues so far,” Bali said.

Although the defeat of the Islamic state in the Baguz would end the organization’s control over any inhabited area, it still poses a threat as its fighters are active in remote areas elsewhere and can carry out attacks.

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