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In Syrian camp, ISIS clings to last scrap of territory

Holdout "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) fighters hunkered down in a riverside camp in eastern Syria on Friday (March 8th) as Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) pressed to expel them from the last scrap of territory they occupy, AFP reported.

The last ISIS fighters and their families were cornered on Friday among a dense gathering of vehicles and tents on the water's edge, caught between advancing SDF fighters and Syrian regime forces across the river.

The SDF, backed by international coalition airpower, are waiting for all civilians to be evacuated before moving in to retake the last scrap of ISIS-held territory.

More than 7,000 people, mostly women and children, have left the al-Baghouz enclave this week, into territory held by the SDF.

Around a tenth of the nearly 58,000 who have fled the area since December were extremists, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

It is unclear how many people remain inside the enclave.

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