One soldier in Baghouz during the evacuation of civilians

  told CNN that the wives of ISIS martyrs are there with their children and they don’t want to leave. Multiple US officials to

ld CNN’s Barbara Starr that civilians still remain in the last piece of territory remaining under ISIS control.

  Trump surprises allies, claims US-backed forces reclaimed 100% of ISIS territory in Syria

  Trump surprises allies, claims US-backed forces reclaimed 100% of ISIS territory in Syria

  David Eubank, director of the Free Burma Rangers, a Christian humanitarian group t

hat operates in the area, estimates that in the last month, around 15,000 people have fled Bagh

ouz.Before the offensive started, SDF officials estimated that 1,500 civilians and 500 ISIS fighters remained, but a

s the assault got under way it became clear that the actual number was much higher.

  The militants include some of the most battle-hardened and experienced personnel rem

aining in ISIS. Some of those being used as human shields are the wives and children of those ISIS fighters.

  On Thursday, President Donald Trump said that US-backed forces have retaken 100% of the territory once claim

ed by ISIS in Syria. That announcement surprised US officials and regional allies leading the fight who told CNN

the battle isn’t over. An SDF officer said the group was surprised by the statement and said fighting has been ongoing.

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