Last ISIS Fighters Demand Evacuation From Devastated Village to Rebel-held Syria

Last ISIS Fighters Demand Evacuation From Devastated Village to Rebel-held Syria

Last ISIS Fighters Demand Evacuation From Devastated Village to Rebel-held Syria

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are pictured above keeping watch on the outskirts of the tiny Syrian village of Baghouz.

Complicating efforts to finish off the terror group's physical caliphate, they say, is the presence of up to 1,000 civilians, including IS family members, children and possible hostages, as well as ongoing concerns that more IS militants and civilians may be hidden in a network of tunnels extending from Baghuz.

He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the talks, which he described as taking place indirectly.

Trump late Saturday tweeted that he had asked Britain, France, Germany and other countries to "take back over 800 ISIS fighters that we captured in Syria and put them on trial", he wrote, using an acronym for the terror group.

From a self-proclaimed caliphate that once spread across much of Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State group has been knocked back to a speck of land in Baghouz in Deir el-Zour province, on the countries' shared border.

Islamic State militants are now holed up alongside a number of civilians inside the surrounded town of Baghouz, which was described by SDF officials as "a small tented village, atop a network of tunnels and caves".

The remarks by Mazloum Kobani, the commander-in-chief of the SDF, followed talks with senior United States generals at an airbase in northeast Syria and offered perhaps the most comprehensive view to date of his requests for an enduring military assistance from the US-led coalition.

The DeirEzzor 24, an activist collective in eastern Syria, said several trucks loaded with food entered IS-held areas in Baghouz on Monday. The group also reported that IS released 10 SDF fighters Sunday without saying whether the supplies of the foodstuff were in return for the release. The standoff between the SDF and ISIS has lasted for five days.

A person familiar with the negotiations said the militants are asking for a corridor to the rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib.

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Mr Omar said the numbers in the prisons and camps are growing by the dozen every day and if not removed, they could launch a deadly attacks on the Kurdish-controlled area.

Over 30,000 people who left the last IS-held areas have arrived at the al-Hol camp in Syria's northern Hassakeh province in the last few weeks, raising the overall population of the camp to nearly 42,000.

At least 15 people have been killed and many more wounded by two bomb blasts in the rebel-held Syrian city of Idlib.

He urged the terrorists' home countries to do more to prosecute the jihadists and work to resettle their families back into society, "or else this will be a danger and a time bomb".

The Local Coordination Committees and the Syrian Civil Defense, a group of first responders, also reported casualties.

The Observatory said the blasts in the Qusour neighborhood during rush hour Monday killed 17 people and wounded about 50.

The city has been hit with bombings in recent months that killed or wounded scores of people.

Idlib province, in Syria's northwest corner, is under the control of Hayat Tahrir Al Sham, a bloc of Islamist militant factions spearheaded by Syria's former Al Qaeda affiliate, and has always been targeted by bombings and assassinations.

Associated Press writer Bassem Mroue in Beirut contributed.

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