ISIS fighters pinned on Syrian riverbank, warplanes fly above

A fighter with the Syrian Democratic Forces keeps position at a hilltop as he watches the Islamic State group's last remaining location in the village of Baghouz

Footage filmed near Baghouz on Tuesday, shows Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) patrolling in the last self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) camp, which was liberated by the SDF following intense fighting. None of those visible appeared to be armed.

"The battles are not yet over", he said.

Islamic State's fighters and followers have been steadily forced back to Baghouz after years of retreats in the face of military campaigns by an array of foreign and local forces.

The taking of the IS encampment, though a significant milestone, was not the final defeat of IS in the village of Baghouz, the last sliver of territory in Syria held by the extremists, according to Mustafa Bali, the spokesman for the Kurdish-led force known as the Syrian Democratic Forces.

Diehard jihadists have been mounting a desperate defence of the camp at Baghouz, deploying suicide bombers and auto bombs.

"The Syrian defense minister's statement regarding the SDF reflects the continuation of the racist and sterile policy that has led Syria to this disastrous situation", it said, adding that "the autonomous administration stands by its position for the necessity of a solution and dialogue ... for all pending issues". "O Muslim brothers everywhere, we have done our duty". "Set up the (explosive) devices, deploy the snipers", he said in an audio message released on IS's usual social media channels late on Monday.

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It has also put out a video from inside the Baghouz camp, showing bearded fighters among bullet-pocked cars and lying on earth ramparts as they fired assault rifles. "With God's permission, we've finished Daesh".

"Two days ago. he was at the forefront of the fighting and he died in battle", he told AFP. She joined a company that provides linguists to the USA military after studying at Georgia State University.

"A group of suspects believed to be involved in (the) January 16 Manbij bombing that killed several USA and SDF servicemen were captured following technical surveillance by our forces", Mustefa Bali said in English on Twitter.

A US-backed force in Syria said Tuesday it has arrested jihadists suspected of involvement in the deadliest attack on USA troops since they deployed in the war-torn country in 2014. The attack in the city of Manbij was the worst single incident involving USA personnel in Syria since they deployed on the ground there in 2015.

"This is the slow unraveling of Baghouz, the last ISIS holdout, whose capture will mark the end of the group's territory, which once spanned hundreds of miles across Iraq and Syria", NPR's Ruth Sherlock reports for our Newscast unit.

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