Summary of “The caliphate’s final days: Inside ISIS’ last stronghold in Baghouz, Syria”

AL-HOL, SYRIA – At the end, the Islamic State is little more than a hamlet of tents, pitched in panic between U.S. bombing raids.
As U.S.-backed forces surround the last square mile of Islamic State territory, preparing for a final assault on the eastern Syrian village of Baghouz, people who have escaped describe a desperate scrabble for survival in the dying days of the statelet.
“The commanders were getting more withdrawn and telling us to stay where we were and keep shooting,” said Sadah, a 15-year-old Yazidi boy kidnapped by the Islamic State in 2014 and later pressed into staffing an outpost to defend Baghouz.
At its height, the Islamic State’s caliphate covered an area the size of Britain, straddling the Syria-Iraq border, and its propaganda sold a dream of Islamic paradise.
By last week, there was only one dusty path out of the Islamic State, and hundreds of fighters and civilians had trudged along it, toward the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces backed by the U.S. military, and then were sent hundreds of miles to refugee camps or prisons.
Both President Trump and SDF officers have said a victory is imminent over the Islamic State and the several hundred fighters still believed to be in Baghouz.
We left,” said Lina Mohamed Mahmoud, a 17-year-old from the Islamic State’s onetime capital of Raqqa, Syria.
In Syria, U.S.-backed forces launch battle for last Islamic State foothold.

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