Media Caption Kurdish television showed that the SDF raised a yellow flag over the buildings confiscated by the IS in Baghuz. US President Donald Trump Welcomes the Fall of the Islamic State The group's five-year "caliphate" warned, but warned that the terrorist group continues to pose a threat.
Mr. Trump's remarks came after the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), led by the Kurds, set victory flags in the Syrian city of Baghuz, IS's last fortress. 1
9659004] He said the US would "remain vigilant until [IS] is finally defeated."
Despite losing territories in Syria and Iraq, IS remains active in countries from Nigeria to the Philippines.
At their height, the group controls 88,000 square kilometers in Syria and Iraq.
After five years of fierce battle, the local forces, supported by world powers, left the IS with only a few hundred square meters near the Syrian border with Iraq.  On Saturday the long-awaited The SDF announced that it had conquered the last IS territory. The leaders of the West welcomed the announcement, but stressed that IS still poses a threat.
"We'll stay alert … until he's finally defeated, wherever he operates," Trump said in a statement.
French President Emmanuel Macron said "The threat remains and the fight against terrorist groups must continue".
British Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed the "historic landmark," but said her government was "committed to eradicating [IS’s] poisonous ideology."
In a statement released by the White House on Saturday, Trump said the US would "continue to work with our partners" and allies … to fight for [IS] until finally defeated is. "
" The United States will always defend American interests everywhere, "the statement said.
Mr. Trump described the loss of IS territory as" proof of his false narrative "and added," You have He also lost all reputation and power. "
He also appealed to" all the young people on the Internet who participated in [IS] propaganda "and said," Instead, remember to have a great life.
How has the last battle evolved?
The SDF alliance began its last attack on IS in early March, the remaining militants were entrenched in the village of Baghuz in eastern Syria.
The Alliance had to slow down its offensive after it turned out that a large number of civilians were housed in buildings and tents and tunnels.
Thousands of women and children, including foreigners, fled the fighting and severe bottlenecks to seek refuge in SDF camps for displaced persons.
Many IS fighters left Baghuz but also persisted in resisting suicide bombers and car bombs.
Why are there still concerns about the IS?
The IS grew after the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 from Al Qaeda in Iraq.
He joined the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al Assad in 2011. By 2014, he had conquered lands in both countries and proclaimed a "caliphate".
IS exempted almost eight million people and generated billions of dollars in oil, blackmail, robbery and kidnapping. Use of its territory as a platform for external attacks.
- Rise and Fall of the Islamic State
- Why is there a war in Syria?
The Baghuz case is an important moment in the campaign against IS. The Iraqi government declared victory over the militants in 2017.
But the group is far from being defeated. US officials believe that 15,000 to 20,000 armed supporters in the region are active, many in sleeping cells, and that they will return to their insurgents while trying to rebuild.
Even as the Baghuz defeat was imminent, the IS was publishing a defiant audio recording purportedly claimed by its spokesman Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, claiming the caliphate was not over.
The situation of the leader of the group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is unknown. However, he avoided being captured or killed even though he had fewer places to hide.