Final Syrian IS stronghold falls

Delil souleiman / AFP

US-backed forces have captured the IS terror group's last stronghold in eastern Syria on Saturday.

 

"Baghouz has been liberated. The military victory against Daesh has been accomplished," Mustafa Bali, a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman, wrote on Twitter.

He declared the "total elimination of (the) so-called caliphate".

It marks a major milestone in the fight against the IS terror group over more than four years.

But the group is still seen as a major global threat.

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