Eastern Syria (CNN)The unmistakable sound of automatic machine gunfire pierced the early morning, sometime before 7:00 am. While it was not unusual to wake up to the cacophony of war—be it coalition bombing from airstrikes or gunfire—this was different.
For days, I’d been traveling with fighters from the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), who launched a last offensive to oust ISIS
from its only remaining enclave in Syria over the weekend.
Since sundown on Saturday, coalition airstrikes had been pounding the last remnants of the jihadi group’s so-called “caliphate.”
Now we were holed up in a war-torn building just a kilometer from the town SDF fighters were working to liberate: Baghouz Al-Fawqani.