ISIS fighters emerge from tunnels to surrender after 'caliphate' falls

Elias Hubbard
March 25, 2019

Fighters of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces on Saturday pronounced the death of the almost five-year-old ISIS "caliphate" which once stretched across a vast swathe of Syria and Iraq. However, the US backed-Syrian Democratic Forces took the city back earlier Saturday.

Trump also had a warning for youths who can easily be swayed.

IS left behind booby-traps and explosive devices, and there may be unexploded munitions in the area following US -led airstrikes.

Following the SDF's victory, the group declared that the ISIS caliphate had been defeated and no longer controlled any territory in Syria. "We will continue to work with our partners and allies to totally crush radical Islamic terrorists". "While on occasion these cowards will resurface, they have lost all prestige and power".

As the fight shifts from the battlefields of Syria and northern Iraq to the counterterrorism fight reminiscent of the wars of the post 9/11 era, the U.S.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford, Jr added that "the United States military remains committed to working closely with our Coalition and regional partners to ensure the lasting defeat of ISIS". Iraqi media reported that six Islamic State fighters had been involved in the exchange.

Top SDF commander Mazloum Kobane on Saturday warned that a new phase had begun in anti-ISIS operations and appealed for continued assistance from the US-led coalition to help smash "sleeper cells".

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