Published: Fri, March 08, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Some of the last remaining members of ISIS surrender in Syria

Some of the last remaining members of ISIS surrender in Syria

The wife of French extremist Jean-Michel Clain told AFP Tuesday that her husband was killed last month in Syria after a coalition strike killed his brother Fabien, another notorious extremist.

Dozens of displaced people with Islamic state fighters among them evacuated from Baghouz - the last town still under the control of Islamic State group.

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

People who fled the Islamic State group's last holdout of Baghouz ride in the backs of trucks in an area controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on March 4, 2019. Sign-up now and enjoy one (1) week free access!

The U.S. -backed SDF began their final assault on the last remnant of the Islamic State's self-declared caliphate late Friday, surrounding the village of Baghuz with about 15,000 troops and with the backing of U.S. and coalition airpower.

An SDF official told AFP that "hundreds of ISIS fighters" were among the thousands that "surrendered".

It is unclear how many ISIL fighters and civilians remain inside, but the number is likely in the hundreds, according to local activists.

Fabien Clain was killed in a strike by the US -led military coalition in Syria in February.

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The Kurdish-led force pushed into Baghouz on Saturday.

The Observatory, which relies on a network of sources inside Syria, said artillery fire and air strikes continued into the night. Six were sent to hospital.

The UN's humanitarian access agency, UNOCHA, stated that 600 people had arrived at the al-Hol displacement camp on Tuesday morning, bringing the camp's total population to 57,000.

After months under heavy bombardment and sometimes with very little to eat, families emerging from Baghouz are often in poor physical and psychological health.

A U.S. judge on Monday rejected a request for expedited treatment of the case of an Alabama woman who joined IS in Syria but has asked to return home. "We are maybe on the threshold of a new battle", he said.

The Kurdish-led SDF with the backing of the USA -led coalition has launched a crushing offensive to eliminate the IS from the eastern Euphrates River region in eastern Syria since September past year.

Despite the loss of territory, and funds, a United Nations monitoring committee estimated in July 2018 that ISIS membership in Iraq and Syria was still between 20,000 and 30,000.

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