ISIS defeated

Orient Net 2019-03-23 19:15:00

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US President Donald Trump has hailed the recapture of the last ISIS-held territory in Syria, but said the United States would remain vigilant until the extremist group "is finally defeated wherever it operates."

“We will continue to work with our partners and allies to totally crush radical Islamic terrorists,” Trump said in a statement on March 23.

US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on March 23 that they had liberated the village of Baghouz, the last area held by ISIS in Syria, marking the end of a brutal self-styled caliphate, which the extremist group carved out in large parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014.

Earlier, Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), tweeted on March 23 that the eastern Syrian village of Baghouz was “free,” declaring victory over the extremists and the end of their self-declared caliphate.

SDF fighters paraded in memory of 11,000 comrades killed in years of fighting against IS. A band played the American national anthem.

The SDF has been battling to capture Baghouz at the Iraqi border for weeks.