After declaring its "caliphate" across large swathes of territory it had seized in flash offensives in Syria and neighbouring Iraq, IS attracted thousands of foreigners to live under its rule and defend its realm.
Columns of black smoke rise from the last small piece of territory held by Islamic State militants as US backed fighters pound the area with artillery fire and occasional airstrikes, as seen from outside Baghouz, Syria, Sunday, March 3, 2019.
ISIS lost its twin capitals of Mosul and Raqqa in 2017.
Over the last two weeks, thousands of civilians have been evacuated, many of them women and children in desperate conditions.
After extricating the remaining civilians, the SDF resumed its assault on Friday evening.
"However we assert that the battle to retake the last ISIS holdout is going to be over soon", reiterated Bali - similar to a statement that he made on Saturday.
Yet clashes continued past sunset, with occasional heavy bombing from warplanes that hovered in the sky, the SDF media office said.
In a Twitter post, he said three auto bombs that were trying to hit SDF positions were destroyed.
A still image taken from a video posted online shows smoke rising in the distance in Baghouz, Syria, March 2, 2019.
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Columns of black smoke billowed from the last small piece of territory held by Islamic State militants on Sunday as US -backed fighters pounded the area with artillery fire and occasional airstrikes. It has not ruled out the possibility that some have crept out, hidden among civilians.
But there was no sign of the assault ending by Sunday afternoon as the IS fighters - believed to be predominantly foreign jihadists - put up fierce resistance and the SDF said its advance was impeded by landmines and auto bombs.
The SDF commander-in-chief said on Thursday that his force would declare victory within a week.
The self-proclaimed "caliphate" which once controlled almost a third of both Iraq and Syria has been backed into a last remaining citadel of a few hundred fighters.
Though last week he partially reversed course and agreed to keep a residual force of perhaps a few hundred troops as part of an global effort to stabilise northeastern Syria.
Syrian sources say the airstrikes targeted the town of Baghouz, the last remaining pocket in control of the Daesh terrorist group.
It hits one of the jihadist positions, the explosion sending a shockwave juddering through the landscape and reducing several houses to dust in the IS-held sliver of Baghouz village.
"These children who are coming out have no parents or guardians", said Afrin, adding that some had gone hungry for a long time.
The evacuees have told of diminished food supplies, as well as a lack of clean water and medicine.