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U.S.-backed Syrian force: Islamic State in "its final moments"

QAMISHLI, Syria/BEIRUT - Islamic State militants are "living their final moments" in the last enclave they hold near the Iraqi border, where US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are attacking them, an SDF official said on Sunday.
A defeat of the jihadists in the enclave would wipe out Islamic State's territorial foothold on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.
A spokesman for the US-led coalition said the SDF were making "great progress ... but the fight continues."
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a coalition of militias led by the Kurdish YPG, have driven Islamic State from a swathe of northern and eastern Syria with the help of the US-led coalition over the last four years.
Mustafa Bali, SDF media office head, said the SDF had stepped up attacks in the last two days and taken control of the area between the Islamic State enclave and the Iraqi border, cutting an escape route.
"They are living the final moments and realize that this battle is the battle to eliminate them," he added.
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