INTERNATIONAL

Syria Conflict: SDF Gather Ahead Of Attack On I.S. Enclave

The U.S.-backed Syrian democratic forces began an assault against the final I.S. Enclave in eastern Syria, aiming to wipe out the last vestige of the group's "caliphate" in the area of operations.

SDF fighters gathering ahead of the reported attack and firing weapons.

The enclave is close to the Iraqi border and comprises two villages, though I.S. Also still has territory in the part of Syria that is mostly under the control of the Syrian government.

The SDF had handled the last 10 days "patiently" as more than 20,000 civilians were evacuated from the besieged is enclave.