All for weeks of heavy battle in and around Baghouz in the east of Syria. That's where the last one IS-fighters. In the rest of the country, IS already defeated.Read also "kills two Belgian fighters who want to escape"
Now so I could Baghouz this morning, as well as cases. The last fighters surrendered to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the coalition led by the Kurds and the support of the USA. The Britain-based Observatory says that around 240 jihadists Thursday, their weapons have been laid down. A day later, would be another 200 fighters have surrendered.
That does not mean that the area is already completely liberated. Different militants would still be able to stop in underground networks in the enclave. According to a commander would be the IS-fighters driven back to an area of only 700 square meters in Baghouz. the
Hundreds of civilians have been the last few weeks fled from Baghouz. Most of the civilians are foreigners, among whom women and children from Germany and France. According to the Syrian observatory, which relies on local sources, over the past few months over 37,000 people to the SDF-area fled. It mainly goes to families of jihadist fighters.
IS called in 2014 a caliphate in Syria and Iraq, but there remains now nothing more about it. The SDF siege of the jihadists in their last stronghold in the east of Syria. The international anti-IS coalition argued Tuesday that the organization is not without struggle won. “The enemy is fully entrenched and IS fighters continue to counter attacks”, said a spokesman. “The coalition remains where possible, targets to harass.”
The rise of SDF-fighters is slower than expected because the advancing troops, more civilians then discover where the militia had counted on. Women and children pop up out of foxholes and tunnels under the battlefield. They lived apparently in appalling conditions in the enclave.
The SDF will get air support from the international anti-IS coalition. Which confirms that the presence of large numbers of citizens has led to a delay. “We still see that hundreds of citizens trying to safety”, says colonel Sean Ryan against AFP.