Late on Tuesday (19th February), Islamic State’s last pocket in eastern Syria were earmarked through air strikes, as US-backed fighters tried hard to attain a victory, which would bring the jihadists’ self-declared caliphate to its gory end.
Earlier on Tuesday it was seen that dozens of trucks were moving toward Baghouz, a village on the banks of the Euphrates at the Iraqi border where hundreds of Islamic State combative are making their last attempt to defend themselves before being defeated.
A source close to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia stated that an important step that needs to be taken before taking control of the area is to move out the remaining civilians.
However, by night it was seen the trucks had not retreated, and reporters witnessed two air strikes being carried out against the jihadists.
Islamic State’s overthrow in Baghouz would send a message about the final destruction of a project announced in 2014, when their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi stood in a Mosul pulpit to announce himself caliph, asserting sovereignty over all Muslim people and land.
Nearly five years later, that dream has been smashed by different military campaigns in Iraq and Syria that, although assisted by foreign powers, have been fought mainly by the local, chiefly Muslim, forces.
Though Islamic State (IS) fighters still resisting a chunk of desert in central Syria, and have orchestrated guerrilla assaults in areas they have lost in both nations, their territorial state in Syria is finished. Basically, the extremist lost most of their territory in 2017 in both Iraq and Syria to different military campaigns carried out by the SDF and the Iraqi and Syrian governments.
However, recently, the Islamic State has executed strikes in areas it manages and numerous Western and Middle East officials have stated that Islamic State still poses a great threat.