U.S.-backed forces say they captured the Islamic State’s last territory in Syria on Saturday. Reuters reports the jihadists still remain a threat from so-called "sleeper cells." Syrian Democratic Forces (or the SDF) general commander Mazloum Abdi said in a celebratory ceremony, “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." SDF fighters paraded in memory of 11,000 comrades who were killed fighting against IS over several years. Abdi also warned that hidden threats will continue. Some IS fighters remain in Syria’s remote central desert and in Iraqi cities.
In a separate statement Saturday, President Donald Trump said the region had been “liberated."