BasNews 23/03/2019 – 09:52 Published in Middle East
ERBIL – The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) officially announced on Saturday the full victory over the jihadist group of Islamic State (IS) in Syria as the Kurdish fighters had launched an operation to liberate the last territory of the militant group in the country.
“Syrian Democratic Forces declare total elimination of so-called caliphate and %100 territorial defeat of ISIS,” Mustafa Bali, a SDF spokesperson, said in an online statement on his Twitter account, using a different acronym for the IS.
The US-backed Kurdish forces have been the backbone of the war against the insurgents in Syria and they lost thousands of fighters in the past few years.
“On this unique day, we commemorate thousands of martyrs whose efforts made the victory possible,” Bali added.
The SDF had lately intensified their efforts to free the final IS pocket in the Syrian eastern province of Deir ez-Zor where thousands of jihadists with their family members earlier the month surrendered to the Kurdish forces.