In Baghuz, a single black flag flutters in a light afternoon breeze above wrecked vehicles and improvised tents – the last Islamic State banner flying over the last of its territory east of the Euphrates.
The final slice of the terror group’s "caliphate" is braced for a fresh assault from Western-backed forces, who relaunched their stalled offensive against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).
After years of hard fighting, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish-led alliance, have boxed Isil into a tiny triangle of land next to the village of Baghuz, a rural settlement on the fertile banks of the Euphrates river.
But for the past week, the battle has been locked in a frustrating…
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