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Thousands believed to be still inside last IS pocket: Syria force
- News Digest
-, SOUSA (Syria)
Mar 18, 2019-
Thousands of people are believed to remain inside the Islamic State group’s last sliver of territory in eastern Syria, a US-backed force said Sunday citing evacuees, hampering the operation to crush the jihadists. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have been trying to flush jihadists from their last desert holdout in the village of Baghouz near the Iraqi border since January. At the time, Mazloum Kobani, the SDF’s top commander, estimated that the operation would take one month. Thousands of men, women and children, as well as suspected jihadists, have poured out of Baghouz in recent weeks. The numbers have baffled the SDF and prompted them to pause the operation several times. SDF spokesman Kino Gabriel told a news conference Sunday that according to the latest group that quit the pocket, “an estimated 5,000 people” are still holed up inside.
Published: 18-03-2019 11:05