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Old 03-21-2019, 01:19 PM  
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Last ISIS stronghold has been liberated

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ISIS caliphate has crumbled and last stronghold liberated, Fox News has learned

By Benjamin Hall | Fox News

BAGHOUZ, Syria -- The caliphate has crumbled, and the final offensive is over. While the official announcement hasn’t yet been made – Fox News has been told that this village, the last ISIS stronghold, is liberated.

It’s the first time since we’ve been here in Syria for five days that the bombs have stopped dropping and the gunfire has disappeared. We have witnessed the end of the caliphate – the brutal empire that once ruled over 8 million people – is gone.

Troops here are now bringing down the black flags of ISIS. The flags no longer fly over the town, instilling fear.

The last five days, Fox News has witnessed the last major offensive up close -– with U.S.-backed SDF forces attacking ISIS from three sides, pushing the fighters back, house to house, then tent to tent, against the Euphrates River.

Inside Baghouz, it’s easy to see how they hid for so long – not just in tunnels but trenches and hundreds of cubby holes covered by tarpaulins, which blend in perfectly to the dirt.

In the end, the majority surrendered. In fact, since the start of the year about 60,000 have dripped into the desert, and most are now held in camps.

There is a major concern about what to do with the camps though. The SDF has asked for U.S. support in setting up a tribunal here to prosecute them.

This final corner of the caliphate was in the far eastern desert of Syria– it was where ISIS first captured territory, and it is where they finally lost.

A clearing operation is now underway in the town– and an announcement is expected soon.

None of the main surviving ISIS leaders have been caught inside Baghouz. Instead, they left their men to fight alone. It’s thought they prepared ahead for the insurgency.

The scale of the devastation here is incredible. And everyone acknowledges that without U.S. support, it would have taken far longer.

For four-and-a-half years, ISIS held this territory, ruling over it with an iron fist. It was the terrorist group’s heartland – and they were so dug in that the only way to push them back was to flatten whole villages. The devastation here goes on for miles – and craters like this are a reminder of the critical role played by U.S. airpower. Military jets still fly overhead.

SDF fighters are all so grateful to the U.S., not just for their help in the battle, but now for its decision to leave troops here when it’s done. Reports now suggest the figure may be around 1,000 staying.
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Old 03-22-2019, 10:32 AM   #46
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Can you pussies actually acknowledge this is a great thing for the US and the World that the Caliphate has been defeated? ISIS, or a form of radical Islam will continue and we will be challenged with it for decades, but this is a huge win for freedom. You, and others on here wishing this wasn't true are shit stains.
You care about Trump "winning" and that's pretty much it. All of you guys blowing Trump and bashing Obama over this have ensured that the victory celebration is nothing but a partisan affair. Trump deserves credit for taking out ISIS, but he certainly benefited from the work Obama did. But this is why I alluded to you guys being wrestling fans. There can be no partial credit. Trump defeated ISIS by himself and Obama is a little c*ck boy or whatever.
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Old 03-22-2019, 10:46 AM   #47
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You care about Trump "winning" and that's pretty much it. All of you guys blowing Trump and bashing Obama over this have ensured that the victory celebration is nothing but a partisan affair. Trump deserves credit for taking out ISIS, but he certainly benefited from the work Obama did. But this is why I alluded to you guys being wrestling fans. There can be no partial credit. Trump defeated ISIS by himself and Obama is a little c*ck boy or whatever.
You are a ****ing dolt... Syria was out of control and there was over 40,000 ISIS fighters reeking havoc there on a daily basis. Obama's rules of engagement were pitiful and were a huge detriment to our military. Obama deserves no credit.
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Old 03-22-2019, 10:48 AM   #48
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You are a ****ing dolt... Syria was out of control and there was over 40,000 ISIS fighters reeking havoc there on a daily basis. Obama's rules of engagement were pitiful and were a huge detriment to our military. Obama deserves no credit.
To whom do you give credit for the reduction in ISIS territory starting in 2014?
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You realize that they didn't begin military action until late 2015, right?
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All the partisan yappery is pretty weird.

The critical part of this is that the caliphate of ISIS has effectively been destroyed. For now. And who gives a rat's ass which president was in office when it happened? it's not like Trump or Obama were ever holding a rifle and leading a charge into the enemy's lines. You want to hold someone accountable, try one of the generals in charge of operations or maybe the troops themselves; they actually were on the ground over there at least.

Not that it matters in the end. I have the feeling those extremists are like roaches; you can never get rid of them completely.
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You realize that they didn't begin military action until late 2015, right?
Yes, and ISIS grew through 2014. We were treading water at best and Russia came to support Assad. The biggest change came with the rules of engagement under Trump. You surely agree?
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All the partisan yappery is pretty weird.

The critical part of this is that the caliphate of ISIS has effectively been destroyed. For now. And who gives a rat's ass which president was in office when it happened? it's not like Trump or Obama were ever holding a rifle and leading a charge into the enemy's lines. You want to hold someone accountable, try one of the generals in charge of operations or maybe the troops themselves; they actually were on the ground over there at least.

Not that it matters in the end. I have the feeling those extremists are like roaches; you can never get rid of them completely.
Yep.
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