Syrian Democratic Forces Parade Announcing Victory Over Islamic State

Syrian Democratic Forces Parade Announcing Victory Over Islamic State

Syrian Democratic Forces Parade Announcing Victory Over Islamic State

US -backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) formally announced the destruction of Islamic State's control of land in eastern Syria on Saturday but said it would continue its military and security campaigns against jihadist sleeper cells.

US -backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters pose for a photo on a rooftop overlooking Baghouz, Syria, after the SDF declared the area free of Islamic State militants after months of fighting on Saturday, March 23, 2019.

The SDF battled ISIS militants holed up in the Baghouz area overnight, supported by US-led coalition air strikes, the SDF said, seeking to defeat the last pockets of the group's resistance.

But the SDF will soon have to deal with the Syrian government, which recently said that the Kurdish-led groups such as the SDF and its allied forces in northeastern Syria will face two choices: either to reconcile with the government or face the Syrian Army which will take back the areas.

Civilians made up more than half the people leaving Baghouz, the SDF said, including Islamic State victims such as women from the Iraqi Yazidi sect whom the jihadists had sexually enslaved.

May 10 - SDF captures the strategic Tabqa dam after weeks of battles and a major airlift operation that brought SDF fighters and their United States advisers to the area.

Saturday's announcement came a day after Trump declared that Islamic State militants no longer control any territory in Syria, a victory he had been teasing for days.

The world's most wanted man Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who declared himself the tyrant of the regime in 2014, was apparently not among the last ISIS holdouts in Baghouz.

In September, the US-led Global Coalition is formed and announces its commitment to eradicating Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

Trump showed reporters a map of Iraq and Syria that indicated the terror group no longer controlled any territory in the region.

Seized ISIS weapons that were found in the last stronghold of the extremist group are displayed at an SDF base outside Al Mayadin, Syria.

The militants who mounted the last stand in Baghouz included some of the most battle-hardened and experienced personnel remaining in ISIS, and the wives and children of the fighters were used as human shields.

Fox News reported a short time ago that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who has just boarded the plane to depart from his trip to Beirut, Lebanon, told reporters asking about the defeat of ISIS in Syria that "our mission there hasn't changed". Inside the caliphate, supplies had dried up and many families said they had been reduced to eating weeds. Amid the empty fox holes and trenches stood a building with a huge yellow SDF flag on top.

"We are proud of what we have accomplished", Kobani said at a press conference in eastern Syria, citing the sacrifices and bravery of SDF fighters.

The group carried out large-scale massacres and documented them with slickly produced videos circulated online.

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted that "a major danger to our country is now eliminated, yet the threat remains and the fight against terrorist groups must continue".

In November, this time through suicide bomb and gun attacks at various entertainment hotspots in Paris, more than 130 people are killed and hundreds injured.

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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