Two weeks after declaring victory over ISIS, US backed forces still fighting ISIS

 
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Two weeks after declaring victory over ISIS, US backed forces still fighting ISIS

I'm old enough to remember when this fight against ISIS was over.  And so is everyone else except newborns:

U.S.-backed fighters in Syria declared victory over Islamic State on Saturday, marking the apparent end of a years-long global campaign to break the extremist group's hold on the region.

The capture of ISIS' last, tiny enclave in the country's south brings its self-proclaimed caliphate to territorial defeat.

"Syrian Democratic Forces declare total elimination of so-called caliphate" spokesman Mustafa Bali said on Twitter early Saturday.

The battle for Baghouz, the group's last holdout and all that remained of the vast territory that it once ruled in Syria and Iraq, had dragged on for more than 10 weeks — far longer than either the U.S. military or their allies on the ground had predicted.

NBC did a video piece at the time:

As Lee Corso often dramatically states on College Gameday during football season: Not so fast my friend!

U.S.-backed Syrian fighters are battling the Islamic State group in eastern Syria 10 days after declaring victory over the extremists, an official with the Kurdish-led force said Tuesday.

Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces, said they are rooting out groups of militants who were hiding in caves in and near the village of Baghouz. He added that SDF experts are still removing mines and booby-traps in areas liberated in recent weeks...

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the U.S.-led coalition is still conducting airstrikes against ISIS. It says senior ISIS commanders and prisoners held by the extremists are believed to be in the caves on the east bank of the Euphrates River.

The Observatory, which closely monitors the Syrian war through contacts on the ground, says scores of ISIS fighters and commanders who refused to surrender are still in the area.

Worth noting is that it was US backed militants that declared the victory, and it's not inconceivable that they were being honest and this just amounts to some mopping up.  Let's hope so.  This group has had enough chances already.

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And after the end of WWII we were still fighting Germans and Japanese. It takes time for the info to get around that they are finished

Why are our hands tied, whos fault, this is f crazy.

Trump is a idiot. He needs to listen to the military leaders who
Know what is going on!

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