Based on inputs by Shahid Kazi
US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have claimed that they have “totally eliminated” Islamic State in Syria and “all territory in Syria is now clear of IS fighters”.
This announcement was made after it was declared that the battle against insurgents in Baghouz was over. The last remnants of IS, also known as Daesh, were in battle for weeks against jihadists who had been using civilians as human shields.
SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali 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.”
Theresa May credited the “immense courage” of the UK armed forces and their allies, while Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt vowed Britain will “remain resolute” in its commitment against IS and its “poisonous ideology”
On the liberation of the region, US President Donald Trump said in a statement: “I am pleased to announce that, together with our partners in the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, including the Iraqi Security Forces and the Syrian Democratic Forces, the United States has liberated all ISIS-controlled territory in Syria and Iraq.
“While on occasion these cowards will resurface, they have lost all prestige and power. They are losers and will always be losers.”