Trucks evacuate civilians from last IS pocket in Syria: SDF official

Reuters , Wednesday 20 Feb 2019

Trucks and a military vehicle for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) move near Baghouz, Deir Al Zor, province, Syria, February 19, 2019. (Reuters)

A convoy of dozens of trucks carrying evacuated civilians has left the last Islamic State pocket in eastern Syria at Baghouz, the spokesman for the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Wednesday.

The SDF has said isolating the civilians in the enclave at Baghouz from the remaining jihadists there is a crucial step towards the final capture of the area.

Reporters near the front line saw the trucks leaving the enclave.

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