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Offensive begins to free last IS-held Syrian territory

IANS  |  Damascus 

US-backed Kurdish fighters have launched an offensive to free the last Syrian territory held by the Islamic State (IS) terror group, defence officials said on Sunday.

The territory is in the small town of in province near the Iraqi border, reports

Before the offensive began on Saturday night, some 20,000 civilians were evacuated from the area.

According to reports from the area, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were meeting with less resistance from the IS fighters.

commanders said that there were come IS members who wanted to surrender and others who would fight until death.

The has driven out the IS from towns and villages in north-eastern in recent months, the said.

In 2014, the IS established a "caliphate" stretching across and and ruled over more than 7.7 million people.

The IS has suffered substantial losses, but the UN says it still reportedly controls between 14,000 and 18,000 militants in and Syria, including up to 3,000 foreigners.



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First Published: Sun, February 10 2019. 12:54 IST