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IS 'caliphate' totally eliminated: Syria force

Saturday March 23 2019

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This picture taken on March 22, 2019 shows smoke rising over the village of Baghouz in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor. PHOTO | GIUSEPPE CACACE |AFP 

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BAGHOUZ,

Kurdish-led forces announced on Saturday they had fully captured the Islamic State group's last bastion in eastern Syria and declared the total elimination of the jihadists' "caliphate".

"Syrian Democratic Forces declare total elimination of so-called caliphate and 100 percent territorial defeat of ISIS," Mustefa Bali, spokesman of the US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance, said in a statement.