Islamic State group defeated as final territory lost, US-backed forces say – BBC News

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) says the Islamic State group’s five-year “caliphate” is over after the militants were defeated in Syria.

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“Syrian Democratic Forces declare total elimination of so-called caliphate and 100% territorial defeat of Isis [the IS group],” Mustafa Bali, the head of the SDF media office, tweeted.

The location of the group’s overall leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is not known. But he has avoided being captured or killed, despite having fewer places to hide.

 

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