US-backed forces face fierce resistance from ISIS in ‘final battle’

Eastern Syria (CNN)Fighters from the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have launched an assault to oust ISIS from its last remaining enclave in Syria, the final remnant of the jihadist group’s so-called “caliphate.”

At its peak, ISIS held large swaths of Iraq and Syria — an expanse about the size of Portugal.
Its territory has now shrunk to a tiny pocket in Syria’s eastern Deir Ezzor province, with militants holed up in the village of Baghouz Al-Fawqani, near the Iraqi border.

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