SDF marks the third anniversary of destruction of ISIS caliphate

“We recall our martyrs and our brave fighters and congratulate our people, the free world, and our partners on this occasion.
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Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces stand atop a roof next to their unfurled flag in Baghouz, Deir al-Zor (Photo: AFP)
Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces stand atop a roof next to their unfurled flag in Baghouz, Deir al-Zor (Photo: AFP)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) marked the third anniversary of the complete defeat of ISIS’s self-styled caliphate on Mar. 23, 2019, when the US-backed SDF captured the eastern Syrian town of Baghouz.

“Today marks the third anniversary of SDF announcing the final elimination of its so-called ISIS Caliphate and saving the world from its terrorism,” tweeted Farhad Shami. “We recall our martyrs and our brave fighters and congratulate our people, the free world, and our partners on this occasion.

An official statement from the SDF General Command also extolled the sacrifice of those who sacrificed their lives to combat ISIS and warned that ISIS continues to pose “imminent dangers” through its sleeper cells.

“We reiterate that the terrorist organization is trying to revive its dreams again by trying to control some areas in Syria and Iraq and to form a foothold to expand and attract potential elements in the world,” read the statement.

The statement added that the recent ISIS attack on the al-Sina’a prison in Hasakah, aimed at freeing thousands of imprisoned militants, in January “confirmed what we were long-warned of the danger of the international community neglecting and slowing down in resolving this file the most important of which are the prisons and camps holding ISIS detainees and families, as well as the adequate support for the reconstruction of the area damaged by ISIS and the battles to expel ISIS.”

The statement concluded with the SDF once again congratulating “our people, our fighters, the free world, and our partners in the international coalition on the third anniversary of al-Baguz (Baghouz) liberation and the elimination of the so-called ISIS Caliphate, and again we call on all parties to join hands and unite all efforts to rid humanity of the so-called ‘ISIS’ epidemic.”

Also, on Wednesday, the US-led coalition tweeted about its continued cooperation with the SDF.

“An enduring partnership between @Coalition forces & #SDF is key to achieving our shared goals of the lasting defeat of Daesh (ISIS),” read the tweet.

“We will continue to help our SDF partners build secure and resilient communities in NE Syria.”