Trucks move near Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria, February 19, 2019.
Trucks move near Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria, February 19, 2019.

A convoy of trucks Wednesday carried civilians away from the last area of Syria still under the control of Islamic State militants.

The group of at least eight trucks carried people from the town of Baghouz, continuing an evacuation of civilians that has taken place in recent weeks as a U.S.-backed militia closed in.

It is not clear exactly how many people were able to leave Wednesday, or how many civilians remain in Baghouz.

A Humvee drives in a village recently retaken from Islamic State militants by U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces near Baghouz, Syria, Feb. 17, 2019.
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A U.S.-backed militia in Syria is warning the last remaining Islamic State fighters there to surrender or die. Dozens of trucks appeared on the outskirts of the village of Baghouz on Tuesday to evacuate any Islamic State fighters who decide to give up, along with their families. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said they will attack after evacuating civilians. But U.N. human rights officials said they are concerned about the estimated 200 families holed up in Baghouz.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have given Islamic State fighters what they say is a final warning to surrender before carrying out an offensive to clear Baghouz of militants.

U.N. human rights officials said Tuesday they were concerned about an estimated 200 families holed up in Baghouz. They said IS fighters were actively preventing women and children from leaving.

A U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighter sta
A U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighter stands atop a building used as a temporary base near the last land still held by Islamic State militants in Baghouz, Syria, Feb. 18, 2019.

Thousands of people, including civilians and some suspected foreign fighters who had joined IS, have streamed out of Baghouz in the past several weeks.

The Trump administration wants European countries to take back their fighters who fled home to join the militants.

Britain has refused and is stripping them of their citizenship. France has also shown little enthusiasm for repatriating ex-Islamic State fighters.

Two women (C), reportedly wives of Islamic State (IS) group fighters, wait with other women and children at a makeshift clinic at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp of al-Hol in al-Hasakeh governorate in northeastern Syria,on February 7, 201
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British-born Sumaiyyah Wakil was 16 years old when she sneaked away to war-torn Syria, flying first to Bulgaria, then Turkey, to join the Islamic State terror group.Once in IS’s de facto capital, Raqqa, she bragged, according to British court documents, about watching the public stoning of a woman, describing the killing as “so cool.”But now her family say the British authorities should repatriate her when she re-emerges, likely soon, from IS territory as well as other British teenagers who joined the…

Kurdish forces who have been fighting IS with the support of U.S. forces said they expect total defeat of IS in Syria by the end of the week.

"In a few days, we will announce a great victory over the largest terrorist organization that waged war on the world," a senior Kurdish fighter said Tuesday.

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