Baghuz, Syria (dpa) – Dozens of Islamic State fighters and their
families surrendered on Thursday to US-backed Syrian forces as
fighting eased in the radical group’s last pocket in eastern Syria, a
Kurdish commander said.
On Sunday, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a rebel Kurdish-led
group, resumed a campaign supported by a US-led air coalition with
the aim of capturing the village of Baghuz in energy-rich
eastern Syria after evacuating thousands of civilians.
“Two groups of Daesh fighters with their families have surrendered to
our forces. We are waiting for more to follow suit,” Adnan Afrin, an
SDF commander, said using an Arabic acronym for Islamic State.
He told dpa that fighting dwindled on Thursday after two days of
Afrin did not specify the number of those who turned themselves in on
Thursday in the area.
But a dpa reporter in Baghuz said a total of around 250 people,
including children and women, surrendered, joining several thousand
others who have done the same in recent days.
Baghuz, located on the Euphrates River in eastern Syria near the
border with Iraq, is the last significant territory still in the
hands of Islamic State, which for years controlled swathes of both
Syria’s Kurds have played a major role in fighting Islamic State in
the war-torn country.