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U.S.-BACKED SYRIAN FORCES RENEW ADVANCE ON FINAL ISLAMIC STATE STRONGHOLD

Mar 04, 2019 - The Globe and Mail (Canada)

BAGHOUZ, SYRIA Columns of black smoke billowed from the last small piece of territory held by Islamic State militants on Sunday as U.S.-backed fighters pounded the area with artillery fire and occasional air strikes.

Commanders of the Kurdishled fighters known as the Syrian Democratic Forces said fierce clashes were taking place as they advance toward the last speck of land controlled by the Islamic State group. The militants fought back with snipers, suicide bombs and booby traps.

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