Islamic State eliminated in Syria

Islamic State eliminated in Syria

The US-backed forces said they had captured Daesh's (so-called IS) last shred of territory in eastern Syria at Baghouz on Saturday, ending its territorial rule over a self-proclaimed caliphate after years of fighting.

A spokesperson for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), who goes by the nom de guerre Mervan the fearless, said Baghouz, the village where the militants made their final stand, is "full of all kinds of explosives".

The coalition of Kurdish and Arab soldiers backed by US, British and French special forces said it defeated ISIS and fully liberated Baghouz in eastern Syria.

Fighters from the US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance raised their yellow flag in Baghouz early Saturday to celebrate the landmark victory.

The warning from the SDF comes on the heels of a similar message from Joseph Votel, the top commander of United States forced in the Middle East, who said in February that the fight against ISIS was not over.

Most of the people evacuated from the smouldering ruins of Baghouz in recent days were relatives of IS members who now fill overcrowded camps further north in Syria's Kurdish-controlled region.

In April 2013, al-Baghdadi announced what amounted to a hostile takeover of the Nusra Front, saying he was merging it into a new group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Mustafa Bali, spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces that, with the backing of the US -led coalition, took the town and raised their flag in place of the ISIS flag on Saturday, tweeted about the victory.

This was the last part of Syria that was under control of the terror group and would-be terror state.

Still, the fall of Baghouz is a major milestone in a four-year fight against the Jihadist group, waged by numerous local and global forces.

In 2014, it grabbed Iraq's Mosul, erased the border with Syria and called on supporters worldwide to join a jihadist utopia, complete with currency, flag and passports.

"This was on election night in 2016", he said, referring to a swath of land that was colored in red to mark what once had been the caliphate. SDF leaders including both men and women sat watching.

The Kurdish-led force and foreign intelligence have screened more than 60,000 people since January, around 10 percent of them jihadists turning themselves in.

After a weeks-long campaign to route the militants from the final encampment - the culmination of a battle that has lasted years - the SDF on Saturday said that the final ISIS territory had fallen.

Ciya Kobani, an SDF commander, announced the end of the operation from the rooftop: "We have been victorious against Daesh", he declared.

The eradication of Islamic State from the last sliver of a territory that once stretched across vast swathes of Iraq and Syria has finally been confirmed.

August features the barbaric murder and enslavement of thousands of Yazidi religious minority in northern Iraq - surrounding and trapping many on Mount Sinjar.

In the summer, the group also claims responsibility for the Bastille Day attack in Nice, France, which leaves more than 80 dead, and the Orlando, Florida, nightclub shooting that kills 49.

While it imposed a distorted version of Islamic law through public beheadings and crucifixions, the group also carried out the mundane duties of governance in its territories, including regulating prices at markets and building infrastructure.

Aid organizations say more than 100 people have died in the journey from Baghouz to the al-Hol camp in Hassakeh province, or soon after arriving.

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