12 Feb 2019

Western-backed militia in Syria fights ‘final battle’ with IS

Almost five years after the militant Islamic State group’s first brutal surge across Iraq and Syria, its self-declared caliphate is almost at an end.

That’s according to the local Western-backed militia, who say they are engaged in a “final battle” to defeat the extremists.

Just a few hundred ISIS fighters are thought to be left in a small pocket of territory in eastern Syria, which is being pounded by artillery and US-led airstrikes.

Yousra Elbagir reports.