U.S.-backed Syrian fighters are searching tunnels a day after seizing most of the last pocket of land held by Islamic State militants. An official with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said they were searching for any ISIS militants hiding in tunnels in a riverside pocket in the village of Baghouz.
The long-running battle to retake the last outpost held by ISIS in eastern Syria appeared to have reached its conclusion, with no signs of battle Wednesday, although officials said a few remaining ISIS militants still had not surrendered.
The SDF on Tuesday seized control of the encampment held by ISIS after hundreds of militants surrendered overnight, signaling the group’s collapse after months of stiff resistance. The complete fall of the last pocket which is expected any day now will mark the end of the reign of the notorious self-declared caliphate in Syria despite desperate attempts by the group to mount a war against the government and allied forces.