Nation and World News By Associated Press | Saturday, March 2, 2019, 12:05 a.m. Share this story Final assault on last IS-held pocket in Syria resumes OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria — U.S.-backed Syrian forces on Friday resumed military operations to liberate the last piece of territory held by the Islamic state group in Syria after evacuating thousands of civilians and hostages who have been besieged inside, a spokesman said. ADVERTISING Mustafa Bali said fighters from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have begun clashing with the militants and advancing after the last batch of civilians left the territory. “Those left inside are fighters who do not wish to surrender,” he told The Associated Press. The military campaign to uproot the militants from the eastern banks of the Euphrates River began in September, pushing them down toward this last corner in the village of Baghouz, near the Iraqi border. The military operation was halted on February 12 as the SDF said a large of civilians and hostages were holed up in the territory, which sits atop caves and tunnels where they had been hiding. Eyeing 2020, White House steps up ‘socialism’ attack on Dems WASHINGTON — As the White House gears up for… Read full this story
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