Islamic State 'totally eliminated' in Syria، say Syrian Democratic Forces
Saturday 23/March/2019 - 08:42 AM
Syrian Democratic Forces
US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces say they have "totally eliminated" Islamic State in Syria، Sky News reported.
The SDF made the announcement as it declared the battle against the insurgents in their final stronghold of Baghouz in the east of the country was over. It has been battling the last remnants of IS in the border town near Iraq for weeks as the militants used civilians as human shields.
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have now claimed "all territory in Syria is now clear of IS fighters".
An SDF spokesman tweeted: "Syrian Democratic Forces declare total elimination of so-called caliphate and %100 territorial defeat of ISIS.
"On this unique day، we commemorate thousands of martyrs whose efforts made the victory possible. #SDFDefeatedISIS.
At its height، the militant group's self-declared caliphate stretched across large parts of Syria and Iraq.