Thousands flee last Islamic State group enclave in Syria
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The US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces captured 41 positions held by Islamic State group militants and destroyed their fortifications in the last tiny pocket they hold in eastern Syria amid fierce fighting, a spokesman said Sunday. Mustafa Bali said the SDF made the advances overnight and on Sunday, hours after they launched a final push to clear the area from IS group militants Saturday night. The final battle to clear the village of Baghouz is now playing out after 20,000 civilians were evacuated from the area in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor in recent weeks.