‘We’ve been advancing steadily’: A Canadian on the frontlines against the last ISIS enclave


Around the last pocket of Syria still under ISIS control, airstrikes are constant, the buildings are badly damaged and there are mines everywhere, planted by retreating fighters.“There’s been a lot of destruction,” said Kyle Town, a Canadian with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces who was recently at the frontlines at Deir ez-Zor.Story continues below

A 30-year-old sheet metal worker from Thunder Bay, Ont., Town is one of a handful of international volunteers helping free the last patches of Syria from ISIS.He arrived last summer as ISIS, which once controlled a vast swath of Iraq and Syria, was being corralled near the Iraqi border by U.S.-backed SDF fighters.READ MORE: U.S.-backed Syrian force says Islamic State in its ‘final moments’Six months later, the so-called ISIS caliphate is down to about six square kilometres, and hundreds of foreign terrorist fighters — among them Canadians — have been captured.Though cornered, ISIS continues to fight.“They attacked our positions a couple of times,” Town said.ISIS fighters are using truck-mounted guns and drones, both to find targets for mortars and to drop bombs, but their deadliest weapons are explosive booby-traps, he said.WATCH: U.S.-backed troops are targeted in deadly north Syria blast

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