A picture taken on February 9, 2018 in the countryside of Idlib, where Syrian government forces are conducting a major offensive. AFP / STRINGER
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Daesh (ISIS) has been ousted from northwestern Syria's Idlib province after a final group of the militants surrendered to hardline rebels Tuesday, a spokesman and monitor said.Daesh once held swathes of northern and central Syria including parts of Hama, Homs and Aleppo provinces and much of Raqqa, including its provincial capital.Syrian government troops pushed them out of Hama and into Idlib province last week, Observatory head Rami Abdel-Rahman said.Daesh fighters are still present in smaller numbers in the provinces of Homs, Deir al-Zor, Hassakeh, as well as around Damascus and in Syria's south.
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