Dying days of caliphate in Syria as IS fighters trapped

BAGHOUZ, Syria -- Jihadist fighters defending the last dreg of the Islamic State group's "caliphate" Saturday were holed up in half a square kilometer of a village in eastern Syria. President Donald Trump had announced that the fall of the IS proto-state would be declared Saturday, but a Syrian commander said his US-backed forces slowed down their advance to protect civilians. The jihadists declared a "caliphate" in large parts of Syria and neighboring Iraq in 2014, but have since lost all but a tiny patch of territory in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border. Hundreds of meters (yards) from the front line in the village of Baghouz, an AFP reporter heard artillery fire and two...

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