On 10 February, 2019, in an attempt to make one final stand in the Syrian town of Baghuz, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), commenced on a last offensive to drive out the Islamic State (IS) from its only remaining commune in Syria.
Even though the battle’s first 24 hours saw little fighting from IS militia, the latter soon took to suicide attacks to obstruct the progress of the US-backed forces. There are an estimated 1,000 IS fighters inside the enclave who are refusing to surrender.
On December 19, 2018, President Trump tweeted his intentions to withdraw the 2,000 US troops from Syria. This decision is a sharp regression from previously stated US policy and hence, surprised both domestic lawmakers, as well as foreign allies.