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Exclusive from Syria: ‘The last jihadists are also the toughest’

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As the battle to end the Islamic State group’s territorial control in eastern Syria comes to a close, FRANCE 24’s James André, Mayssa Awad and Romeo Langlois went to the frontline in Marashdi with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

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Despite heavy losses, the SDF is helping to tighten the noose around what is left of IS group’s so-called caliphate in its last stronghold here. Our team witnessed firsthand how determined the group’s remaining fighters really are – jihadists from the Middle East, Europe, and beyond – including the jihadist women who are choosing to fight to their deaths rather than give themselves up. That determination was on deadly display in the aftermath of a bloody battlescene that pitted the SDF against what it described as a husband-and-wife pair of holed-up jihadists killed after an intense night of fighting.

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