Backed force denies report of final ISIS defeat

DECLARATION Donald Trump displays maps showing the defeat of ISIS is imminent

Fox quoted statements of gratitude from SDF fighters for US support in the grueling campaign to wipe out the last ISIS redoubts and said the already staggering destruction would have been far worse if American forces had not assisted in routing the entrenched ISIS fighters.

The US president has signalled the group's imminent demise on several previous occasions, although IS has yet to wave the white flag of surrender.

Reports surfaced in February of demoralized ISIS fighters complaining that "caliph" Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was nowhere to be found when the final battle was joined. The diehard fighters who chose to remain were pushed into a small sliver of land at the Euphrates riverside. They reportedly abandoned their men in advance.

Already at the beginning of this month, it became apparent that days were numbered for the last hold-out of Islamic State in Syria.

President Donald Trump on March 20 that the ISIS terrorist group will be "gone by tonight". "When I took it over, it was a mess", Trump said.

Before President Donald Trump left the White House to visit OH, he brought out a map to show reporters how much territory ISIS has lost since election day in 2016. "In fact, there's actually a tiny spot which will be gone by tonight", Trump continued.

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On Wednesday, SDF officials said they were in control of most of the encampment with just a small group of ISIS fighters left inside, surrounded and outnumbered. "So that's the way it goes", he added. The fighters were taken to security prisons, but the SDF has urged foreign countries to take back their citizens, causing a dilemma for some Western states who see them as a threat. "The alternative is not a good one in that we will be forced to release them", Trump tweeted last month.

There was no immediate update from the SDF on Wednesday on the fate of these remaining militants. A group of women and children were seen being evacuated from the Baghouz area.

IS declared a "caliphate" in June 2014 across territory it seized in Iraq and Syria.

American-backed forces liberated the last territory controlled by ISIS-fighters Thursday; ending a "brutal empire" that at its peak ruled over eight million people across the Middle East.

Global distribution of ISIS and al-Qaeda in 2018.

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