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Search Toggle display of website navigation Report: August 1,4: More than 1, Islamic State fighters are holed up in the city of Hajin in eastern Syria, near the Iraqi border, including a number foreign fighters, said British Army Maj.
Felix Gedney, who is the deputy commander for strategy and support for the U. Gedney said the Syrian Democratic Forces, a U. But Islamic State fighters are believed to be preventing other people from getting out in order to use them as human shields, he said. The United States will mainly provide air support.
Gedney did not think coalition troops would encounter Russian or Syrian forces during the final battle. The two parties generally use the Euphrates River as a dividing line—the coalition operates east of the river, while Russian and Syrian forces operate to the west.
The group has lost It took three years to oust the group from Raqqa, the de facto capital of the self-proclaimed caliphate. Todman said Hajin is the last remaining Islamic State stronghold east of the Euphrates but a few pockets of the group remain west of the river, surrounded by Syrian regime-held territory.
Some number of fighters are thought to have shaved their beards and tried to blend in with the civilian population. But the Islamic State has the networks to easily regenerate elsewhere, she said. With the fighting now ebbing, the Syrian Democratic Forces are clearing explosive devices from many areas, while U.
Army troops in the region have focused on restoring water, electricity, and other essential services. Gedney, the British general, said civilian agencies will lead the stabilization effort but the military coalition will continue to provide security in areas the Islamic State has evacuated.
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