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U.S.-backed Syrian force launches 'final battle' against IS enclave

Firstpost Sunday, 10 February 2019
By Rodi Said QAMISHLI, Syria (Reuters) - The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) began an assault against the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Saturday, aiming to wipe out the last vestige of the jihadist group's "caliphate" in the SDF's area of operations. President Donald Trump, who is planning to pull U.S. forces out of Syria, said on Wednesday he expected an announcement as early as next week that the U.S.-led coalition operating in support of the SDF had reclaimed all the territory previously held by the jihadist group.
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Reuters reports the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, known as the SDF, began their assault against the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Saturday. Their aim is to wipe out the last of the jihadist group’s “caliphate” in the SDF’s area of operations. US President Donald...

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