A suspected ISIL fighter is searched by the Syrian Democratic Forces after leaving Baghouz [Bulent Kilic/AFP]

A ferocious assault continued on ISIL’s final enclave on Wednesday as thousands of fighters and their families poured out of the besieged Syrian town of Baghouz.

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said the battle was as good as over and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, ISIS) faced imminent defeat.

Smoke billowed past burning buildings, lit orange by flares and raging fires, as tracer fire pounded the enclave amid the sound of constant shooting and blasts.

Ali Cheir, an SDF commander, said his force and the coalition pummelled the enclave at night to flush out the fighters. “The objective of our advance is to terrorise

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