According to Reuters, U.S.-backed forces proclaimed the capture of Islamic State’s last territory in Syria on Saturday, eliminating its rule over a self-proclaimed “caliphate." Originally an offshoot of al Qaeda, IS took large swathes of Iraq and Syria from 2014, creating a theocracy known for its attacks by supporters in the West. Syrian Democratic Forces general commander Mazloum Abdi said “We announce today the destruction of the so-called Islamic State organization and the end of its ground control in its last pocket in Baghouz."

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