3 killed by US-led airstrike in eastern Syria

Kurds in Iraq say US withdrawal from Syria a mistake

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on Saturday that a "final battle" against the Islamic State group in eastern Syria has started.

An SDF statement said the offensive was focused on the village of Baghouz.

Two years ago, the IS group controlled large swaths of Syrian and Iraqi territory, but they are now holed up in a tiny pocket in Syria's eastern province of Deir al-Zor.

However, he said these tactics would not succeed, since the SDF is focused on finding Islamic State fighters in hiding, while Iraqi forces have secured the border to ensure the extremists can not enter Iraq. Therefore, the US-led coalition should provide "intelligence in order to remove sleeper cells and dismantle the threat of the terrorist organization".

"The decisive battle began tonight to finish what remains of Daesh terrorists", Bali said, using an Arabic acronym to refer to IS.

Arias, who is battling cancer, met Garivey in December with her family and told him that she wants to be a police officer when she grows up, ABC13 reported. "Those remaining inside are the most experienced who are defending their last stronghold".

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"Heavy fighting is going on inside the last village at the moment", he said. It said USA -led coalition warplanes are giving cover to advancing SDF fighters.

Answering a question on whether there is an exact schedule for the completion of the Manbij road map; Önal said the U.S.is already implementing its withdrawal agenda after President Donald Trump's decision.

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Spearheaded by the Kurdish YPG militia, the SDF has been the main USA partner in Syria.

Under the working military plans, the USA would pull all troops out in the coming weeks - including about 200 Americans working out of a base in southern Syria [al-Tanf] that has served as an informal check on Iran's expansionist ambitions in the region, the current and former US officials said.

The U.S. military has warned that the group could stage a comeback if the military and counterterrorism pressure on it is eased.

In that time, more than 1,200 IS militants, more than 670 SDF fighters, and around 400 civilians have been killed in the fighting, the Observatory says.

Votel said he did not believe the United States would broadly increase overall troop numbers in Iraq.

Syrian state media claimed a USA -led coalition airstrike near Baghouz killed two women and two children.

Estimates of the number of fighters remaining in the pinprick of territory vary wildly from dozens to hundreds, but they are thought to include some of the most die-hard and committed extremists who have remained with the group to the bitter end.

Hamdan said Baghdadi and his guards had been in the area for nearly six months before fleeing.

Abdul Hamid al-Muhabash, the co-chair of the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) in northeastern Syria, also expressed similar opinions as the SDF official.

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