Supported by the United States Syrian militants clear the militants of the Islamic State (IS) from the two last villages obeyed by jihadist groups, military officials say. on Shajalah and Bagogu, near the border of Syria and Iraq.
The latest gunmen who remain there are reportedly retreating and hiding among the local population.
Among the thousands of people who left the area, there are hundreds of foreign fighters and their seven.
Major General Christopher Gic, a representative of the United States-led multinational coalition supporting the alliance, said that some of the IDF militant wives were shot dead during an escape.
These extremely terrible and terrible acts once again illustrate their barbaric nature and despair, since [IS] struggles to hold on to the rest of the territory. "
Wives were taken to camps for settlers. Among them, many foreign nationals, including the British teen Shamima Begum, who escaped from home in 201
19-year-old Ms. Begum told the Times that she did not regret, but wanted to go back to Britain when she was pregnant for about nine months.
- A teenage fugitive may "be held accountable in the UK"
- After the caliphate suffered defeat?
Why is the battle so long held? "Significant resistance" in an attempt to slow down the clearing operation.
"Now there are many tunnels in Baguio, so the operation is stretching," he said. "There are a lot of suicide bombers attacking our positions with cars and motorcycles loaded with explosives." What will happen next?
IS was controlled by 88,000 square meters last year. The KM area, which stretches from Western Syria to eastern Iraq, has proclaimed the creation of a "caliphate", imposed its brutal rule on nearly eight million people and generated billions of dollars from oil, bullying, robbery and kidnapping.
Currently, it is estimated that 1000 militants and civilians are surrounded by 1 square. km of land in the valley of the Middle Euphrates River. on your device
When Shajalah and Baghuz were cleared what could happen this week, US President Donald Trump
However, the United Nations Terrorism Leader warned that IP remains a global threat.
Vladimir Voronkov said on Monday that IP is developing into a secret network of up to 18,000 fighters still operating in Syria and Iraq, as well as in affiliates from a number of other countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
In Iraq, sleeping cells operate in sparsely populated rural areas, try to undermine power, create an atmosphere of lawlessness, and
Gen. Gika stressed that the termination of the "physical caliphate" did not signal the end of the US-led coalition campaign against IP members . "We will pursue them until this threat is eliminated," he said.