As 20 Malaysians remain in Syria’s crumbling Islamic State caliphate, others are seeking to return home

As what remains of the self-proclaimed Islamic State caliphate in Syria crumbles under a sustained final assault by US-backed forces, an estimated 20 Malaysians are still holed up among the rubble, according to one fellow national who has fled the fighting.Lidia, 29, scrambled out of IS territory last month together with her two sons aged two and four, as bombs started falling around her home in Mayadin in the eastern province of Deir-ez-Zor.The Malay-Muslim laboratory technician, who can also…