Kurdish-led force battles into last IS group pocket in Syria

Kurdish-led forces on Saturday battled jihadists defending Baghouz, the Islamic State group's last-bastion village, as the operation to flush IS group from eastern Syria resumed after days of humanitarian evacuations. The Syrian Democratic Forces, backed by the United States, pushed into the tiny hamlet near the Syrian border with Iraq where the jihadist group's fighters have been making a desperate last stand. The SDF announced the launch of the assault late on Friday after a week-long exodus that saw thousands of people flee the enclave dried up. Most of the more than 50,000 people who left the very last rump of the IS group's so-called “caliphate” in recent weeks were women and children.