Islamic State is living its final moments after 3,000 members surrendered when the group was bombed in eastern Syria, according to US-backed forces.
IS has been decimated in the recent years and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) now believe it’s only a matter of time before Isis is finally defeated. The SDF has relentlessly bombed jihadist outposts since Sunday, which has led to many IS fighters either being killed or giving up.
SDF official Jiaker Amed said: IS’s final moments have started. The group’s spokesman Mustefa Bali added about 3,000 jihadists had handed themselves over to the SDF in the past 24 hours.
He wrote on Twitter: The battle is ongoing and the final hour is now closer than ever.
Clashes continued this morning as the SDF fought back a counter-attack launched in the early hours of the day following fierce clashes the night before. IS fighters have reportedly used suicide bombings in response to the offensive and also utilised a sandstorm as cover, according to the SDF.
Mr Ahmed added: We are still countering the assault until this very moment. This could be their final attack. The assault has been made harder due to thousands of civilians being evacuated from the area.
IS once occupied major areas in Syria and Iraq and ruled over millions but it now only exists a tiny area in the village of Baghouz, near the Iraqi border.