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Scores of Civilians, Fighters Depart IS Stronghold in Syria

Monday, 28 January 2019 09:38 AM

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition activists say scores of civilians and fighters have evacuated the Islamic State group's last major stronghold in Syria.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says some 2,000 people, including 300 IS gunmen, have left the area in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour since Sunday.

The DeirEzzor 24, an activist collective, reported on Monday that dozens of civilians had left the area, which U.S.-backed Syrian fighters have been trying to take since September.

It says that the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-led group, captured a local IS commander and his bodyguard.

The extremist group is now besieged in a small area where they have been relying on suicide attacks to stop the advance by SDF fighters.

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Syrian opposition activists say scores of civilians and fighters have evacuated the Islamic State group's last major stronghold in Syria.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says some 2,000 people, including 300 IS gunmen, have left the area in the eastern...
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