IS overran large parts of the country and neighboring Iraq in 2014, declaring a "caliphate" there, but various military offensives have reduced it to a fragment.
He said in the last ten days, SDF fighters had handled the battle "patiently" as more than 20,000 civilians were evacuated from the besieged enclave comprising two villages near the Iraqi border.
The strategy, which the group deployed in Mosul and elsewhere, is presenting a real challenge, SDF commanders said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the push by the Kurdish-led SDF has been slow due to land mines and sniper fire, as well as the extremists' use of tunnels and suicide auto bombs. "The Syrian Democratic Forces will and we will help them", he added, referring to the US-backed group of Kurdish and Arab fighters that have been America's principal ally in Syria.
While the SDF has warned that it is unable to detain growing numbers of ISIS fighters and their families long term, watchdog organisation Human Rights Watch has warned that the rendition of prisoners to Iraq to face trial risks breaching worldwide and domestic laws.
Relative calm is prevailing eastern Syria as the negotiation for the withdrawal of the IS from the last four sq km it controls in the eastern Euphrates River is ongoing, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
As the operation enters its final stages, fleeing ISIS militants have been caught attempting to sneak past SDF checkpoints by any means possible.
In recent weeks, US officials have said IS has lost 99.5 percent of its territory and is holding on to under 5 square kilometers (under 2 square miles), where most of the fighters are concentrated in Syria.
"ISIS remains an active insurgent group in both Iraq and Syria", noted a report last week by the Pentagon's Inspector General.
Islamic State (IS) group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi overcame an attempted coup in a two-day battle with his foreign bodyguards, who were then rounded up and executed, witnesses told the Guardian.
Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said the SDF was "advancing slowly" on the edges of Baghouz, but cautioned landmines, snipers and tunnels dug by ISIL fighters were hindering progress.
The clash reportedly took place in September in a hamlet IS held in eastern Syria, al-Keshma, near Baghouz.
Mushrooming black clouds rose over the embattled jihadist holdout in eastern Syria, as missiles and a warplane streaked through the sky.
Marco Verratti is also a doubt, the midfielder managing only 59 minutes against Bordeaux after recovering from an ankle injury. PSG will are already missing superstar striker Neymar , sidelined until at least April with a foot injury.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred released the following statement in the wake of Robinson's passing. Robinson is survived by his wife, Barbara Ann, and two children, Frank Kevin and Nichelle.
Ahead of Thursday's 3 p.m. trade deadline, it is highly plausible that the Wizards make another move or two. Porter stuffs the stat sheet, but has still yet to average more than 15 points per game in a season.
The post did not explicitly state that she was withdrawing her candidacy, and neither did the Thai Raksa Chart party's statement. FILE PHOTO: Thai Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya poses during a news conference at the 61st Cannes Film Festival May 15, 2008.
Mnuchin and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer are set to meet their Chinese counterparts next week for trade talks. WALL STREET: Stocks closed lower on Thursday following a sell-off by technology companies, health care stocks and banks.
In a case centring on Meng, Huawei is charged with violating U.S. and United Nations prohibitions on trading with Iran. Governments in Europe, Japan, and Australia are also considering or have ordered bans on Huawei equipment.
The National Weather Service said additional snow could fall Saturday, and another storm was expected early next week. A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for most of central Iowa from noon Monday until 3 PM on Tuesday.
Barr and I had a detailed discussion on his priorities for the Department of Justice, and on many issues important to Alaska". Watch: Barr and Mueller are friends? The nominee was attorney-general once before, under president George HW Bush.
South Korean Kim Si-woo had the best score at Pebble, a 66, while American Cody Gribble was best at Spyglass, also 66. Mickelson is not, though he has won more majors of now active players than anyone other than Tiger Woods.
Update your iPhone now to fix the FaceTime security flaw
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‘Liverpool not under pressure in title race’
At Everton he got a few minutes, I want him to play as much as possible, he went out for five minutes and he was incredible. Ole helps every player play at their best, Ole is himself. "This is why I come onto the pitch at the end of each game.
Trump defies bipartisanship for border fiction
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