UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Syria’s pro-US Democratic forces launched an attack on the last Islamic state’s enclave in eastern Syria on Sunday to wipe out the rest of the caliphate, which once included a third of the territory of Iraq and Syria.
Although the Baghouz is the last population area under the control of the organization, it remains a major security threat to its activity in other remote areas and its ability to launch guerrilla attacks.
Syria’s demilitarized forces have repeatedly stopped advancing towards the besieged enclave in the village of Bagouz, near the border with Iraq, to allow civilians, including wives and children of fighters, to leave.
Mustafa Bali, head of the media office of the Syrian Democratic Forces, said no civilians had been released from the enclave since Saturday and the troops had not noticed any civilians, prompting the decision to attack.
“The military operations started. Our forces are now engaged with terrorists. ”
He said more than 4,000 militants had surrendered to Syria’s democratic forces last month, while tens of thousands of civilians had been evacuated.
But the troops also said the toughest foreign fighters were still holed up at home ready to fight to the end.
In a tweet on Twitter, Bali said the attack began at 6 pm (1600 GMT), saying air strikes targeted ammunition depots of the organization.
Bali pointed to direct and strong clashes at the moment.
The organization was expelled from the territories it controlled in Syria and Iraq at the hands of a group of enemies, including troops backed by Russia, Iran and Turkey as well as the United States.
The Islamic state suffered major military losses in 2017 with the loss of the cities of Raqqa of Syria and Mosul of Iraq.
A former fighter told Reuters on Saturday after surrendering to Syria’s democratic forces two months ago that the organization had sent hundreds of its men out of the territory under its declining control to establish sleeper cells in Iraq and eastern Syria, adding that the organization was planning the next phase and was determined to respond.
The Syrian Democratic Forces, led by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, are the main US partner in Syria and have pushed the organization along the eastern bank of the Euphrates River, forcing its fighters and followers to retreat to the Baguz.
A Reuters journalist in an area controlled by Syria’s democratic forces observed fighters from the organization moving inside the part of their control in Bahguoz.
The Syrian Democratic Forces advanced to a temporary camp abandoned by the organization and found a number of rifles and a quantity of ammunition.
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