The land of the “Caliphate” in eastern Syria is emptied of the last remaining

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Those who remain trapped in the organization of the Islamic state have been able to bring them out of their few belongings and leave physically and psychologically exhausted the land of the Caliphate, which is dying in eastern Syria.

A few days ago, Syria’s democratic forces, Kurdish and Arab factions backed by the Washington-led international coalition, expected the evacuation of the last enclave of the Islamic state to end in the town of Baguoz on the eastern banks of the Euphrates. But the flow of those trapped does not stop, and hundreds of people go out every day, mostly from the families of the organization’s fighters, including many foreigners.

The women, children and men suspected of belonging to the organization are packed in trucks to a sorting point created by the Syrian Democratic Forces, more than 20 kilometers north of the Baguoz.

After being searched, the women sit in groups on the ground and the children, whose bodies are thin and dirty, cling to their dusty black mantles.

Men are on crutches or wheeled on mobile beds. Some wearing bandages around their heads or feet as a result of injuries sustained. After checking their identities, those suspected of belonging to the extremist organization are transferred to detention centers run by the Syrian Democratic Forces for interrogation.

As soon as they arrive, women rush to receive aid distributed by members of the Syrian Democratic Forces: drinking water bottles, bread, milk and diapers for many infants, whose voice rises in the middle of a barren land where cold winds are blowing.

This scene shortens all that remains of the “Islamic Caliphate” announced by the organization in 2014 on large areas of Syria and Iraq were estimated the size of Britain.

In the past two years, the organization has suffered large field losses and its control is limited to a small pocket in a town that has never been heard before.

A woman drags a bag full of purpose and says, “I’m thirsty. Give me water.” She stops suddenly when she sees a half-full bottle of water on the ground, and he stops it. “We were trapped, we were drinking from the waters of Sakia.”

On Tuesday, 3,500 people, including 500 fighters, surrendered, according to the Syrian Democratic Forces.

“The situation is very difficult … We were digging a hole in the ground under the tent and sleeping there for fear of snipers and mortars, so that bullets would not target us,” says 28-year-old Im Mounes, a group of children gathered around her.

An Iraqi woman, who declined to be named, described the situation as a “catastrophe”. “Cars, women in the streets, I saw them enraged,” she says.

At this screening point, civilians are subject to search and interrogation by Syrian Democratic Forces fighters before being taken to camps in the northeast of the country, most notably the Hull camp.

“It’s over, it’s over, there’s no longer anything called the (Islamic) state anymore,” said Mahmood, 13, from Aleppo, northern Lebanon, as he walked toward a truck to take him to a camp.

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