Fierce fighting is under way in Baghouz, ISIL’s last territorial pocket in Syria’s Deir Az Zor province [Rodi Said/Reuters]

US-backed Kurdish forces say they are locked in heavy fighting with ISIL fighters in northeast Syria, using artillery fire and air raids as they press ahead to capture the armed group’s final patch of territory in the country.

Columns of black smoke on Sunday billowed from the village of Baghouz, in Deir Az Zor province,

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