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“Victory for All Humanity” as SDF Overruns ISIS’ Last Territory in Syria

The final caliphate between the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and ISIS, which began earlier this month has taken a big stride, with the US backed forces reportedly overrunning the last camp in Baghuz, marking “victory for all humanity”.

The alliance confirmed that the fighters refusing to surrender had runaway to a small piece of land along the River Euphrates south of Baghuz, and that the clashes continue. The fall of the last known territory owned by ISIS also marks a major huge achievement for the mission, which began back in 2014.

The Islamic group once controlled around 88,000 Sq. Km of land stretching across boundaries of Syria and Iraq, besides imposing its rule on almost eight million people. The move helped them in generating billions of dollars from oil, extortion, robbery and kidnapping.

However, a vague idea still states that as many as 15,000-20,000 armed militias are active in the region, including a majority of sleeper cells. In initial days of fight, the US forces forecasted that there were a few hundred militias, but it turned out that the number was actually much higher.

An estimate states that around 20,000 children and women, including foreign nation, have already been evacuated to SDF-run camp for displaced people, based in al-Hol. Contrarily several thousand men have also surrendered and have been taken to separate SDF detention centers.

A SDF spokesperson Mustafa Bali, however, confirmed that though it had taken control of the last know dominion, but “This is not a victory announcement, but a significant progress in the fight against [IS],” he cautioned in a Twitter post. “Clashes are continuing as a group of [IS] terrorists who are confined into a tiny area still fight back,” he added.

According to the claims by BBC, on Tuesday afternoon, lorries carrying hundreds of militias were spotted leaving Baghuz, as well as SDF fighters who were celebrating victory on their return from the front lines.
Jiaker Amed, a spokesman for the Kurdish militia, told BBC that celebrations were a sign of “victory for all humanity”.

Despite facing defeat in Baghuz, ISIS cleared their intention and released a defiant audio recording, affirming that the brawl was far from settled. They also claimed that their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was alive.

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