Western-backed forces said on Saturday morning that in a “very short time” they would announce the defeat of Isil.
Jiya Furat, a commander with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), said that they had cornered the remaining Islamic State militants in one tiny neighbourhood of Baghouz village in eastern Deir Ezzor province, under its fire from all sides.
“Very soon bring good news to the whole world,” he said in an apparent reference to an announcement about the defeat of the extremists in Syria.
There are thought to be just a few hundred Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) fighters left, most of whom foreign.
Hundreds of civilians have poured out of Baghouz in recent days but a number are thought to still be left, which is slowing down the SDF.