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There were a few bursts of gunfire from the Baghouz skyline and the thick whir of warplanes overhead.

A man selling chicken sits in an area recently retaken by USA -backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) from ISIS terrorists in Hajin, Syria, on February 16, 2019.

"They used to ask for ammunition by saying: 'You have five crates of tomatoes".

He said those who left the United Kingdom to join Isis were "full of hate for our country", and should be prepared to be prosecuted if they do return home.

"They wouldn't say they were under fire, they'd say 'It's raining on us from the north, '" said the stocky 40-year-old.

However, the end of their territorial control would not necessarily mean an end to the group, and the SDF have said they will continue the fight against sleeper cells. "We do so much, and spend so much, time for others to step and do the job that they are capable of doing", he tweeted.

Despite the SDF, the Kurdish-Arab outfit that has spearheaded the campaign against ISIS with backing from a US-led coalition, holding the military capacity and advantage to enter the town, they are maintaining positions on the outskirts in fear of an offensive pushing ISIS to take local civilians as human shields.

"Daesh has sealed off all the streets", he said, using the Arabic acronym for IS.

The Kurdish-led SDF reportedly later said trucks have been sent into the jihadists' enclave to evacuate the civilians.

Thousands of people - mostly women and children related to IS members - have streamed out of IS turf in recent weeks, but no civilians have made it out in the past three days.

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In the first attack, an ambush, two SDF fighters and a militant were killed.

The ISIS detainees are actually held by the SDF and the SDF must decide what to do with them.

Syria's Kurds have repeatedly called for their countries of origin to take them back, but these nations have been reluctant.

Earlier this month, the top general overseeing US military actions in the Middle East, US Army General Joseph Votel, said that Trump did not consult him ahead of deciding to pull American troops from Syria and told senators that despite Trump's claims, IS has not yet been defeated.

"Numerous families ". continue to be subjected to intensified air and ground-based strikes by the USA -led Coalition forces and their SDF allies on the ground", Bachelet said in a statement. "The U.S. does not want to watch as these ISIS fighters permeate Europe, which is where they are expected to go", Trump said.

France's justice minister said on Monday Paris will for now not act on Trump's call.

But the prospect of the United States' withdrawal from Syria has forced France to prepare for the return of dozens of French militants held by the Kurds, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner acknowledged in late January.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said Monday that foreign fighters should be tried "in the region where the crimes had been committed".

In Germany, foreign ministry sources said "the federal government is examining options to enable German citizens to leave Syria, especially in humanitarian cases".

Though Islamic State fighters still hold out in a pocket of central Syria's remote desert, and have gone underground as sleeper cells in Iraqi cities, able to launch new attacks, their territorial rule is, for now, nearly over.


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