IS resists ‘final push’ by US-backed force in eastern Syria

Civilians who have fled fighting in Baghuz wait to board trucks after being screened by members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on February 9Image copyright
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Thousands of civilians have fled fighting in the last village held by IS militants

US-backed fighters in Syria say they are meeting fierce resistance as they attack the last enclave held by Islamic State (IS) militants in the country.

A spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) told the AP news agency “the most experienced” jihadists are defending their last stronghold.

Two years ago IS controlled large areas of Syria and Iraq.

But they are now confined to a tiny pocket in Syria’s eastern province of Deir al-Zour, near the Iraqi border.

On Saturday, after a…

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