March 21, 2019 / 7:32 AM / 4 months ago

U.S.-backed SDF denies report of final Islamic State defeat

QAMISHLI, Syria (Reuters) - The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces denied a report on Thursday that all of Islamic State’s final enclave has been captured and said combing operations were still underway, an SDF media official said.

Earlier the Syrian Kurdish news outlet Hawar reported that the SDF had seized all of the Baghouz enclave, where the SDF has been battling for weeks to wipe out the last vestige of Islamic State’s territorial rule.

Reporting by Rodi Said; Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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