March 19, 2019 / 9:05 AM / a month ago

U.S.-backed SDF: Islamic State camp under full control

FILE PHOTO: A fighter of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) gestures as he sits near ammunition in the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria March 11, 2019. REUTERS/Rodi Said

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have seized full control of a camp where Islamic State militants have been holed up in Baghouz near the Iraqi border though the operation is not yet over, an SDF media official said on Tuesday.

Some Islamic State militants were still confined to a tiny area on the bank of the Euphrates River and had yet to surrender, the official said in a note circulated to journalists. “We don’t know if they will fight back or not,” the official said.

Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Catherine Evans

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