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Baghouz: 500 ISIS warriors hand over the group's last Syrian enclave


The militants included people who fought in the village, near the Iraqi border, which the US leadership coalition has been floating in the last few weeks.

CNN's team was at the reception on Tuesday, where thousands of things were processed – both warriors and civilians. SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali told Twitter that 3,500 people were evacuated from Baghouz alone.

Civilians evacuated from Baghouz are waiting for a guarded area of ​​US-backed Syrian democratic forces.

Adnan Afrin, spokesman and commander of SDF, told CNN that "more than 6,000 people have fled or left Baghouz in the last 48 hours and more are expected to arrive in the host area."

Before the attack began last month, SDF officials estimated that there were 1,500 civilians and 500 ISIS fighters, but at the beginning of the attack it became apparent that the actual number was much higher.

Commanders of the SDF told CNN that ISIS warriors set a strong resistance to retaining the final debris of the group, installing guided missiles and using the tunnel network to launch attacks.

The remaining warriors include the most fighting and experienced in ISIS. Some people who are used as human shields are the wife and child of ISIS warriors.

The suspicious ISIS warriors who fled from Baghouz are waiting for processing.

The recall of Baghouz would mean the end of the territorial control of the ISIS and the so-called "caliphate", which extended to areas of both Iraqi and Syria at the same time.

The height of the group was 7.7 million people, according to the ISIS rule, according to Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR), the official name of the fight against ISIS.

According to a recent report by the International Center for Radicalization and Political Violence, the group's annual revenues have fallen by more than half in the years since the peak, from $ 1.9 billion in 2014 to $ 870 million in 2016. t King's College London.

Despite the loss of area and funds, a UN monitoring committee estimated in July 2018 that ISIS membership in Iraq and Syria is still between 20,000 and 30,000.

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