US-backed Syrian forces enter village held by ISIS

Source: Washington Post

 
Islamic State terrorists are still clinging to part of Syria.

U.S.-backed Syrian forces entered an eastern village held by the Islamic State where intense clashes were ongoing on Saturday.

The move came a day after the extremists reportedly killed 20 fighters, the forces and a war monitor said.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said its fighters stormed Bagouz and were close to the center of the village. The forces added that they planned to open another front in an area along the Euphrates River to increase pressure on the extremists.

This week, the U.S.-led coalition helped SDF launch a wide offensive to capture the last pocket held by IS in Syria.

Despite losing most of the territory it held between Iraq and Syria since its peak in 2014, the jihadist IS remains a disruptive force in both countries. Its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, urged his followers to “persevere” in an audio tape attributed to him last month.

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