Bringing out a slightly different, and yet profoundly monumental, map President Donald Trump showed to reporters on Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the ISIS caliphate has officially been defeated.
The Islamic State faces "complete territorial defeat", as the USA backed Syrian Democratic Forces liberate Baghouz, marking the defeat of the terror group's last stronghold in the country.
A spokesman for the US -backed Syrian Democratic Forces said the group had achieved "total elimination" of the group's so-called caliphate.
What is over is the militant group's physical "caliphate", after the Syrian Democratic forces, a Kurdish-led group supported by the United States, declared on Saturday the capture of the last tiny patch of territory controlled by the militants at the village of Baghouz, in eastern Syria.
Officials said that the SDF has not announced any declaration of victory, and there was no announcement planned for Friday.
Islamic State originated as an al Qaeda faction in Iraq, but took advantage of Syria's civil war to seize land there and split from the global jihadist organisation.
Now the last territory held by Daesh in Syria has been liberated.
"We call on the central government in Damascus to prefer the process of dialogue and start practical steps to reach a political solution based on the recognition of elected self-administrations in northeast of Syria and acceptance of the special nature of the Syrian Democratic Forces", Kobani said.
The territory administered by the remnants of IS continued to shrink month after month and in September 2018 the SDF launched a final offensive on the last dregs of the "caliphate" in its Euphrates Valley strongholds.
"Here's ISIS right now", he said. During the weeks-long siege, an estimate 30,000 men, women and children were evacuated from the pocket, a lot of them IS family members, a mix of Syrians, Iraqis and foreigners.
Since suffering devastating territorial losses in 2017, ISIS has steadily turned again to such tactics.
"We managed to evacuate about 3,000 people from (the) ISIS pocket", Mustefa Bali said on Twitter, using another acronym for IS. They massacred those who resisted their rule and beheaded hostages including western journalists and foreign aid workers in gruesome videos circulated online.
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. Many are still missing.
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".
While it imposed an unforgiving version of Islamic law through public beheadings and crucifixions, the group also attempted the mundane duties of governance in its territories, including regulating prices at markets and building infrastructure.
IS once imposed its rule on nearly eight million people, and generated billions of dollars from oil, extortion, robbery and kidnapping, using its territory as a platform to launch foreign attacks. "This was on election night in 2016", he said, referring to a swath of land that was colored in red to mark what once had been the caliphate.
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