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Dramatic Footage of Firefight Between Syrian Kurds and ISIS Caught on Tape

The footage shows fighters firing machine guns at ISIS-controlled territory as a large explosion took place and fires were burning in distance

A large explosion is seen as Kurdish fighters fire weapons at Islamic State held territory in Baghouz, eastern Syria in this still image taken from a video published March 4, 2019
YPG Press Office/via REUTERS

Kurdish fighters clashed with Islamic State as they took on jihadist group's last enclave in eastern Syria's Baghouz, video from Kurdish YPG militia purported to show.

The footage, which was uploaded on Monday, showed fighters firing machine guns at ISIS-controlled territory as a large explosion took place and fires were burning in distance.

The video came as some 200 Islamic State fighters surrendered after a ferocious battle over Baghouz, but around 1,000 may still be holding out, a spokesman for the U.S.-backed Syrian force battling them said on Monday.

The jihadist group faces defeat in Baghouz on the banks of the Euphrates, but it still holds remote pockets of land further west and has launched guerrilla attacks in other areas where it has lost control.

Kurdish fighters target Islamic State in eastern Syria enclave - YPG video

Baghouz, a collection of hamlets and farmland near the border with Iraq, is the last patch of populated territory Islamic State (IS) still holds in the area straddling the two countries where it declared a caliphate in 2014.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said earlier on Monday they had slowed their assault because more civilians, previously thought to have completely evacuated, were trapped in the enclave, but they vowed to capture it soon.