Gun fire, landmines slow SDF advance in ruins of Islamic State’s Syrian territory


BAGHOUZ, Syria: US-backed fighters are moving slowly into Islamic State`s final pocket in eastern Syria to avoid losses in the face of sniper fire and landmines, a commander said on Monday.

Warplanes flew above Baghouz, a cluster of houses on the banks of the Euphrates at the Iraqi border where Islamic State fighters still hold out, and smoke rose from the area along with the sound of intermittent clashes.

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