Sat Feb 9, 2019, 09:50 PM

Syria's SDF launches endgame battle against 'Islamic State'

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Saturday said it had begun the "decisive battle" targeting the last remnants of the "Islamic State" militant group in eastern Syria.

"After saving more than 20,000 civilians from IS-held area and ensuring their safety in nearby camps, the SDF started to move on to the last village remaining under the jihadists' control," SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali said in a tweet.

The SDF said it had waited nearly two weeks to allow thousands of civilians to flee the area. But the Kurdish-led alliance of anti-IS fighters noted that there could be hundreds more trapped inside the militant group's enclave.

Breaking the caliphate

Since IS rose to prominence in 2014 following a blitzkrieg campaign across Iraq and Syria that culminated in its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, declaring a "caliphate," regional forces and global powers have attempted to uproot the militant group.

In 2017, US-backed forces in Iraq and Syria seized on a series of victories against IS to regain control of Iraq's Mosul and Syria's Raqqa, the latter considered the militant group's de facto capital. Since then, ongoing efforts — including those by Syrian regime forces and the Russian military — have significantly reduced IS' capabilities.

On Friday, Major General Christopher Ghika, deputy commander for the anti-IS coalition, said the militant group's remaining territory amounted to "less than one percent of the original caliphate."

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Sat Feb 9, 2019, 11:11 PM

1. Cue elements of the US media declaring that IS is in a resurgence and is luring the West into...

... defeat, just as that same media declared the TET Offensive a victory for the Communists...

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