U.S. general: Isis militants are just waiting to fight another day

U.S. general: Isis militants are just waiting to fight another day

The SDF was waiting for all evacuees to leave before storming Baghouz, the last populated area still controlled by the once huge extremist caliphate.

His assessment contradicts President Donald Trump, who said in recent weeks the group was on the brink of eradication and had lost 100 percent of the territory it once controlled in Syria.

The Yazidis are a religious sect whose beliefs combine elements of several ancient Middle Eastern religions. Islamic State subjected the Yazidis to mass slaughter and enslavement in what the United Nations called a genocide, after overrunning the community's heartland of Sinjar in Iraq in 2014.

"They took women, abused them and killed them", said Omar, describing how jihadists bought and sold their Yazidi captives or passed them around as sexual slaves.

Omar was eventually married to a Tajik jihadist.

Thousands of civilians could still be inside the Islamic State's last stronghold in eastern Syria, as ripples of evacuees exit the area ahead of plans by the USA -backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) for a final assault.

On Thursday, Votel predicted that in the next phase, Islamic State fighters might employ "low-level" tactics, but he expressed confidence in the small US force, backed by allies and the ability to mass forces from elsewhere in the region.

"We will see low-level attacks, we'll see assassinations, we'll see IED attacks, we'll see ambush type things as they begin to emerge from this", he said.

Their Islamic State captors were "rigorous" in checking who left, said the teenage boys, Mustafa and Dia, who said they had stayed longer in the enclave to help Omar leave.

Baghouz is the last speck of IS's once-sprawling caliphate, a small farming village nestled in a bend of the Euphrates river by the Iraqi border.

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"The main problem is that Sweden doesn't yet have the laws in place, and so we can't prosecute them [here yet]", Swedish terror expert Magnus Ranstorp told The Local previously.

Women and children who were evacuated out of the last territory held by Islamic State militants wait to be screened outside Baghouz, Syria.

Among the 3,500 people who poured out of Baghouz on Tuesday following intense bombardment by the SDF and its global allies, 500 were suspected fighters turning themselves in, the SDF said.

"They took me from Iraq".

"What we are seeing now is not the surrender of ISIS as an organization", he told a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee.

Swedish Justice Minister Morgan Johansson said he sees "great advantages to be able to convict those who have committed crimes" in connection with the fighting.

It did not save them.

A woman and her children, who were evacuated.

Despite Kabul's frustration at being sidelined, Votel said President Ashraf Ghani was being "well informed" and that the "actual initiation of these discussions was done" with his "knowledge and support". She cursed the SDF and said: "The Islamic state will remain and expand, God willing, " and walked away.

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