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Islamic State fighters, families surrender after offensive in Syria

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Mar 14, 2019 4:44 PM 1+ week ago

Civilians evacuated from the Islamic State group's embattled holdout of Baghouz wait at a screening area held by the US-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor, on March 5, 2019 (Bulent KILIC / AFP)

BAGHOUZ, Syria -- US-backed Syrian fighters said Thursday a "large number" of Islamic State jihadists and their families were surrendering a day after intense fighting in the last speck of land the extremists still hold in eastern Syria.

At the edge of Baghouz, the village where the militants are still holed up, men, women and children climbed a road that winds along a cliff overlooking what remains of a tent encampment, heading out. Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces said they searched the evacuees as they reached the front lines.

Many of the people carried rolls of blankets and clothes but cast them aside as they made their way up the hill. Women carried babies as children slowly made their way up ...

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