ISIS fighting to the death in Syria, frustrating US-backed final offensive

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(Worthy News) - Islamic State fighters trapped in Syria are putting up fierce resistance, using civilians as human shields, setting deadly booby traps, and hiding in underground tunnels, all the while frustrating efforts by U.S.-backed Syrian fighters to deal a final blow to the terrorist caliphate.

It’s been six months since the start of “Operation Roundup,” an offensive designed to liberate the last swath of territory held by ISIS in the Middle Euphrates River Valley, or MERV, near Syria’s eastern border with Iraq.

“ISIS, however, remains a deadly adversary. The remaining fighters in the MERV are hardened combatants and have shown every indication of being willing to fight until the end,” Army Col. Sean Ryan told Pentagon reporters in a briefing from Baghdad. [ Source: Washington Examiner (Read More...) ]

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