Near Baghouz, Syria — Shell-shocked and disheveled, hundreds of women and children stumbled through eastern Syria’s windswept desert carrying what little they could after fleeing the Islamic State (IS) group’s final speck of territory. Some of the very last survivors of the jihadists’ self-proclaimed caliphate, they arrived by the lorry-full to a collection point run by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). After being searched, the women settled in clusters on the rough desert floor, blanketed in dust and hemmed by filthy, malnourished children who tore into aid packages of water and bread. They were some of the nearly 3,500 people, including 500 presumed jihadists, trucked out from IS’s near-flattened final bastion on Tuesday, according to the SDF. A woman from Deir Ezzor, dragging an over-stuffed bag and carrying an empty jug, called out for water before stooping to pick up a half-empty bottle off the ground and guzzle it down. “We were besieged ... we’ve been drinking di...

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