Baghouz — US-backed forces evacuated more than 40 truckloads of people from the Islamic State (IS) group’s last Syria redoubt on Monday, as they sought to clear out civilians before a final push to crush the jihadists. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have slowed their offensive on the final pocket due to the presence of civilians, with just a scrap of the IS “caliphate” remaining from a territory that once spanned Syria and Iraq. An AFP correspondent saw more than 46 trucks crammed with men, women and children, approaching a SDF outpost, 20km north of the jihadist redoubt. One vehicle was packed with women clad in black and men who covered their faces. Wounded people were among the latest evacuees. Holdout IS fighters and civilians, mostly relatives of jihadists, are trapped in less than half a square kilometre in the village of Baghouz near the Iraqi border. The Kurdish-led SDF evacuated nearly 5,000 men, women and children from the jihadist redoubt on Wednesday and Friday, but ...

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