Fall of Islamic State 'caliphate' announced - UPDATED

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23 March 2019

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) says the Islamic State's five-year "caliphate" is over after the militants were defeated in Syria, ONA reports citing BBC.

SDF fighters have been raising victory flags in Baghuz, the last stronghold of the jihadist group.

At its height, IS controlled 88,000 sq km (34,000 sq miles) of land stretching across Syria and Iraq.

But despite the loss of territory, the group is still seen as a major global security threat.

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