A child evacuated from Baghouz waits near family belongings at a screening area held by the SDF.
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NEAR BAGHOUZ, Syria: Guns, laptops, gold coins and baby formula: When Syrian fighters search women emerging from the ruins of the militant "caliphate," what they find is not the contents of your average handbag. Women arrive in droves at a screening point controlled by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, 20 kilometers north of Daesh's (ISIS) last redoubt in the village of Baghouz near the Iraqi border. The SDF evacuated over 46 truckloads of people Monday from the last scrap of the militant proto-state, adding to the 5,000 men, women and children evacuated last week.Clad in black in the fading light, a group of women huddle in a circle on the rocky, arid ground, waiting to receive food handouts from the SDF personnel.Umm Mohammad, a 45-year-old Syrian from Aleppo, sits beside a pair of crutches.She was wounded six months ago when a shell crashed into her home in Al-Shaafa, one of the last militant bastions taken by the SDF.
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