Arab Israeli Conflict
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‘We are defeating ISIS, but leaving Iran, Russia and their friends in stronger position’.
U.S.-backed forces proclaimed the capture of Islamic State's last territory in Syria last month, eliminating its rule over a caliphate which it had proclaimed in Iraq and Syria in 2014.
Her words offer a snapshot of the feelings harbored by the followers and fighters of the hardline group who have poured out of the enclave by the thousand over the past month.
Hundreds of jihadist fighters and their families flee the city. Syrian militia estimates only 300 remain in the city.
It is not clear how many militants remain in the city, where Syrian Democratic Forces have hemmed them into a small enclave.
US-led coalition forces, Syrian rebels, and the Syrian military have slowly re-taken many of ISIS's strongholds over the last several months.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
"Today or tomorrow the city may be liberated," YPG spokesman Nouri Mahmoud said.
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