U.S.-backed forces declare final victory over ISIS in Syria

U.S.-backed fighters in Syria declared victory over Islamic State on Saturday, marking the apparent end of a years-long global campaign to break the extremist group’s hold on territory in the region. “Syrian Democratic Forces declare total elimination of so-called caliphate” spokesman Mustafa Bali tweeted.

The battle for Baghouz, the group’s last holdout and all that remained of the vast territory that it once ruled in Syria and Iraq, had dragged on for more than 10 weeks — far longer than either the U.S. military or their allies on the ground had predicted. President Donald Trump has been teasing the victory for days.

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