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Syria: SDF resumes attack on last ISIL enclave

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The United States-backed Kurdish-led (SDF) have resumed their attack against the final enclave in with an objective to clear out the last traces of its self-declared 'caliphate'.

was once spread across a third of and is now limited to Baghouz, the last piece of populated land held by the Islamic State of and the Levant's (ISIL, ISIS) fighters, reported Al Jazeera.

The of the media office, Mustafa Bali, on Sunday stated that no further civilians had emerged from the enclave at the Iraqi border since Saturday and the had not observed any more civilians in the area, prompting the decision to attack.

Stating that had provided fighters enough time to surrender, Bali said, "The operations have started. Our forces are now clashing with the terrorists and the attack started."

Last week, SDF said that will announce "a complete victory" over the and the (ISIL) terror group in a week.

Syria has been embroiled in a civil war since 2011. The grim situation was further aggravated with the establishment of in Syria and Iraq in 2014, when its de facto leader declared a "Caliphate".

At its peak, the terror outfit controlled huge parts of Iraq and Syria with a population of over 10 million people. However, since 2017, the group has been losing hold on major territories in both countries to US-backed forces.

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First Published: Mon, March 11 2019. 04:22 IST