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IS 'caliphate' totally eliminated: Syria force

By AFP | March 23rd 2019 at 10:23:08 GMT +0300

The yellow flag of the Syrian Democratic Forces flutters on a hilltop above the Islamic State group's last redoubt of Baghouz as the US-backed fighters proclaim the total elimination of its "caliphate". [AFP]

US-backed forces declare the territorial defeat of the IS, but the group is said to remain a major threat.

Kurdish-led forces pronounced the death of the Islamic State group's nearly five-year-old "caliphate" Saturday after flushing out diehard jihadists from their very last bastion in eastern Syria.

"Syrian Democratic Forces declare total elimination of so-called caliphate and 100 percent territorial defeat of ISIS," spokesman Mustefa Bali said in a statement.

He said the SDF had taken full control of Baghouz, a small village on the Euphrates where diehard jihadists made a bloody last stand.

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

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