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Battle for Islamic State’s last enclave

With the militants besieged on three sides by the SDF and civilians continuing to leave the pocket, a military defeat of the IS fighters seemed inevitable, though it wasn't clear how many fighters remained in Baghouz

Battle for Islamic State's last enclave

Hundreds of people, including Islamic State fighters, evacuated the extremist group's last foothold in eastern Syria on Monday, after U.S.-backed Syrian fighters again slowed their offensive to allow a way out of the tiny enclave.(Reuters)

Battle for Islamic State's last enclave

Despite the slowing of the offensive, officials said the campaign was expected to finish soon. With the militants besieged on three sides by the SDF and civilians continuing to leave the pocket, a military defeat of the IS fighters seemed inevitable, though it wasn't clear how many fighters remained in Baghouz.(Reuters)

Battle for Islamic State's last enclave

The new exodus came only three days after the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces resumed military operations against the militants holed up in Baghouz, a village on the banks of the Euphrates River close to the Iraqi border. (Reuters)

Battle for Islamic State's last enclave

A fighter of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) carries ammunition in Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria March 3, 2019. (Reuters)

Battle for Islamic State's last enclave

The militants and their families and other civilians are believed to have used tunnels, caves and holes to hide from airstrikes and missiles by the US-led coalition and the SDF. The SDF said the militants are using civilians as human shields. (Reuters)

Battle for Islamic State's last enclave

Since February 20, more than 10,000 people have left the IS-held pocket, producing dramatic scenes of women shrouded in black and many children climbing off trucks into a desert area to be screened and searched, according to AP. In pic: Hareth Najem, an Iraqi orphan lies under a blanket in a truck, near the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria.(Reuters)

Battle for Islamic State's last enclave

Retaking the sliver of land would be a milestone in the devastating four-year campaign to end the Islamic State's self-proclaimed ``caliphate'' that once straddled a vast territory across both Syria and Iraq. (Reuters)