Syria: Coalition pounds Baghouz as SDF make final push for last IS stronghold
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were filmed on the outskirts of Baghouz village in Deir ez-Zor Governorate on Monday, after they closed in on what is reported to be the last sliver of territory controlled by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) in eastern Syria. Footage shows smoke billowing, following what appears to be a combination of airstrikes and shelling allegedly carried out by the US-led coalition forces. According to Syrian state media, around 70 people lost their lives or sustained injuries in the coalition airstrikes targeting the outskirts of Baghouz. The coalition airstrikes also reportedly hit a settlement where civilians were taking shelter from the fierce fighting. On Tuesday, the US-led coalition said that they targeted a mosque that had allegedly been used by the IS as a command and control centre. More than 20,000 civilians have reportedly been evacuated from the area in the past few weeks, leading up to what is seen to be the final battle to capture the village, which will see the IS lose its final bits of territory in Syria.