Wednesday, March 27

ISIS Caliphate Crumbles as Last Village in Syria Falls


A discarded Islamic State flag in Baghuz, eastern Syria, on Monday.
"A four-year military operation to flush the Islamic State from its territory in Iraq and Syria ended on Saturday as the last village held by the terrorist group was retaken, erasing a militant theocracy that once spanned two countries. Cornered in Baghuz, Syria, the last 1.5-square-mile remnant of the group’s territory in the region, the remaining militants waged a surprisingly fierce defense and kept the American-backed coalition at bay for months. They detonated car bombs and hurled explosives from drones. Suicide bombers ran across the front line under cover of darkness to attack the sleeping quarters of the coalition. In the last weeks, the militants’ families fled for their lives, their black-clad wives streaming into the desert by the tens of thousands. Some of them defiantly chanted Islamic State slogans and lobbed fistfuls of dirt at reporters. But after a grueling campaign, the last speck of land was finally wrested from the Islamic State. ..."
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Coalition forces searching for ISIS fighters in the days before the battle to recapture the last ISIS-held territory.

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