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Islamic state : terror militia loses last Bastion in Syria

After months of Fighting have taken troops under Kurdish leadership, the last Bastion of the terrorist militia Islamic state (IS) in Syria. The place Baghuz is liberated, and the military victory has been achieved, informed the spokesman of the Syrian Democratic forces (SDF), Mustafa Bali, on Saturday via Twitter. "The Syrian Democratic forces to explain the complete destruction of the so-called Caliphate and the territorial defeat of the IS to 100 percent." The Offensive for the liberation of Baghuz had on 9. February started.

The White house had already announced on Friday that the expulsion of the IS from Baghuz, although the fighting at the time lasted, according to the SDF. The last IS the Bastion had been taken on Friday morning after a two day break again under attack.

IS-fighters dug in in trenches and tunnels

taking the place of the war against the IS in Syria and Iraq, reached after nearly five years comes to its preliminary end. The extremists had achieved in the summer of 2014 the height of their Power, as they were able to overrun the Northern Iraqi metropolis of Mosul. Shortly thereafter, the terrorist militia proclaimed a "Caliphate" under the leadership of IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the preaching was in a mosque Mossuls in the case of a Friday, the only Time open to the public.

The jihadists controlled at that time, a vast Region that extended over large parts of Syria and Iraq in the first place. With the beginning of the international military intervention under U.S. leadership, the IS lost his dominion, however. With support from the air, it brought local troops on the ground under your control.

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to order In the summer of 2017, the Iraqi army was able to liberate Mosul, after months of fierce Fighting completely. In the autumn of the same year, the jihadists lost the Northern Syrian city of Al-Rakka, the unofficial capital of IS. By the end of 2017, Iraq declared a military victory over the terrorist militia. Back destroyed cities and regions, their reconstruction will cost billions.

In Baghuz close to the Grenez and Iraq, were trapped until recently, still IS-a trailer in a confined space on the banks of the Euphrates river in a tent camp, where they were in trenches and tunnels dug in. Up to the end, you resisted. Also IS-chief Abu Bakr al-Bagadadi should be fled to have been according to media reports, in Baghuz, prior to the start of the Kurdish Offensive, but in the surrounding desert areas.

Early withdrawal of US troops now are more likely to

In the past few weeks, thousands of IS fighters had abandoned the SDF troops. They were taken to a pow camp and interrogated. Also, tens of thousands of civilians, including members of the IS fighters, left the place. The Syrian Observatory for human rights accused the extremists are using civilians as human shields to abuse.

With the victory over the IS also an early withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria is more likely, the US President Donald Trump in December had announced. However, after the last plans of the White house, nor is it a contingent of forces in the country.

The withdrawal plans of America, have triggered massive criticism. Military officials and observers warn, the IS is not defeated, in spite of the defeat, and could become stronger again. In a couple of weeks ago from the Pentagon report, published the IS to stay active, and could in six to twelve months again.

In the case of a US withdrawal is also an attack on Turkey, the Kurdish militia, YPG, which leads the SDF threatens. The government in Ankara sees the militia, an offshoot of the outlawed Kurdish workers ' party PKK, and has classified it as a terrorist organization. The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced an Offensive against the YPG.

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The Kurds, a large area on the border with Turkey in control of Northern Syria and established a self-government. The YPG is the most important ally of the USA in Syria. Under the leadership of the militia of the SDF were able to occupy the largest parts of the IS area in the war-torn country, including major oil Wells. (dpa, AFP)

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