US-backed forces have seized hundreds of wounded IS fighters soon after the killer cult’s final death camp in Syria collapsed below a non-cease barrage of bullets and bombs.
Hours earlier, the terror group’s media wing released pictures of its hardened fighters involved in a bloody gunbattle with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the enclave.
Nevertheless, the SDF has now claimed the final wounded militants had been transported from the fallen stronghold at Baghouz to be detained away from the frontline.
A group of suspects involved in a January bombing that killed 4 Americans in northern Syria had been amongst militants captured by the Kurdish-led forces.
They had been linked to a shocking suicide bombing in the town of Manbij — weeks soon after US President Donald Trump declared victory more than the terror group.
Nevertheless, taking the camp, even though a enormous milestone, was not the finish of IS in the area, mentioned SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali.
“This is not a victory announcement but a important progress in the fight,” Bali mentioned in a Twitter post.
He mentioned hundreds of wounded and sick militants had been captured and had been evacuated to nearby military hospitals for remedy.
The IS-held village is the final pocket of territory in Syria controlled by the extremist group, which after held a vast region of Syria and Iraq — labelled an Islamic “caliphate”.
Baghouz’s fall marks the finish of a devastating 4-year campaign to finish Islamic State’s hold on any type of territory, though it maintains a scattered presence and sleeper cells in each nations.
The battle for Baghouz, such as the encampment, a collection of tents covering foxholes and underground tunnels, has dragged on for weeks.
The sheer quantity of individuals who have emerged — almost 30,000 considering the fact that early January according to Kurdish officials — has taken the Kurdish-led SDF by surprise.
Most have been females and youngsters whose existence in a labyrinth of underground caves and tunnels was unknown to the SDF.
The Planet Well being Organisation mentioned 106 individuals, primarily infants, had died considering the fact that December on the journey from Baghouz to the detention camp at al-Hol, which requires at least six hours.
Several evacuees, specifically foreigners, nevertheless express obdurate help for IS, posing hard safety, legal and moral inquiries for their nations of origin.
These problems had been underscored on Friday with the death of the newborn son of Shamima Begum, a British lady who left London to join IS when she was a schoolgirl.
The UK government stripped her of her citizenship on safety grounds final month.
This write-up initially appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission
Initially published as Map reveals final shred of IS territory