"Civilians in Syria and Iraq have displayed incredible resilience to overcome the brutality of Da'esh occupation". In June it loses Mosul to Iraqi forces after months of fighting and Baghdad declares the end of the caliphate. "Da'esh continues to pose a security threat in the Middle East region and beyond, including through the propagation of its extreme ideology".
"It's about time", Trump exclaimed on an airport tarmac in Florida.
May 10 - SDF captures the strategic Tabqa dam after weeks of battles and a major airlift operation that brought SDF fighters and their United States advisers to the area.
USA -backed forces proclaimed the capture of Islamic State's last territory in Syria on Saturday, eliminating its rule over a self-proclaimed "caliphate", but the jihadists remain a threat from sleeper cells around the world.
The world's most wanted man Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who declared himself the tyrant of the regime in 2014, was apparently not among the last ISIS holdouts in Baghouz.
Further afield, jihadists in Afghanistan, Nigeria and elsewhere have shown no sign of recanting their allegiance to IS, and intelligence services say its devotees in the West might plot new attacks.
2017 - Islamic State suffers a year of catastrophic defeats.
The territory administered by the remnants of IS continued to shrink month after month and in September 2018 the SDF launched a final offensive on the last dregs of the "caliphate" in its Euphrates Valley strongholds.
However, the U.S. military has reportedly warned that ISIS may still count tens of thousands of fighters, dispersed throughout Iraq and Syria, with enough leaders and resources to present a menacing insurgency.
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Police said they would continue to maintain a presence at both mosques when they reopen "for the public's reassurance and safety". Live-streamed video of a gunman in one of the mosques showed a semi-automatic weapon modified with a large magazine.
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Another unusual form of Holi celebrated in north India is the " Latthmaar Holi " of Barsana in Uttar Pradesh. The ancient Hindu festival marks the welcoming of spring and a celebration of the triumph of good over evil.
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NOAA issued a geomagnetic storm watch for Saturday as a result of a solar flare that struck on Wednesday. Active-minor geomagnetic storm periods possible with low risk of moderate storms.
Fighters from the SDF in the village of Baghouz as they push to rid the ISIS terrorists from all their territories.
He added: "The US have said they are going to keep a presence in northern Syria so air power will play an important part in that, and we expect the British contribution to keep going on that side".
The Islamic State group has lost all the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria, but its shadowy leader and self-proclaimed "caliph" is still at large.
Originally an offshoot of al Qaeda, IS took large swathes of Iraq and Syria from 2014, imposing a reign of terror with public beheadings and attacks by supporters overseas - but it was eventually beaten back to the village of Baghouz.
It declared an end to modern countries and called on supporters to leave their homes and join the jihadist utopia it claimed to be erecting, trumpeting its currency, flag, passports and military parades.
Thousands of women and children, foreign nationals among them, fled the fighting and severe shortages to make their way to SDF-run camps for displaced persons. In recent weeks, they have been flowing out, exhausted, hungry and often wounded.
Iraqi intelligence officials believe al-Baghdadi is hiding somewhere in the desert stretching across the Syrian-Iraqi border, using tunnels to move around.
In Iraq, ISIS slaughtered thousands of Yazidis in Sinjar, forcing more than 7,000 women and girls into sexual slavery, while in Syria, it massacred hundreds of members of the Sheitaat tribe and beheaded Western hostages in horrifying footage uploaded to the internet.
At makeshift screening points across hills overlooking the area, SDF and American soldiers questioned male escapees before trucking them off to detention facilities.