Leaders from a number of nations react to the US-backed forces that have seized the last enclave held by the Israeli state Iraq and Lebanon (ISIL or ISIS) in Syria, eliminating the so-called " caliphate.
After weeks of heavy fighting and air bombing, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) declared victory over Isil, saying they had thrown the group's fighters out of their last stronghold in the eastern town of Bagus, n on the shore of the River Euphrates.
"Today we announce the destruction of the so-called organization of the Islamic state and the end of its ground control in its last pocket in Bagus," Mazlum Abdi, SDF General Commander said for a victory ceremony.
SDF is a Washington DC partner in Syria, who has been leading the fight against ISIL over the past five years.
The announcement marks the end of a brutal self-denominated caliphate, which ISIL was originally a sucker. of Al-Qaeda – carved in large parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014
However, the capture of Bagus will probably not mark the end of the IGIL as a force in the region, according to analysts. Here is the initial regional and international reaction to the news of the fall of the last bastion of Isil.
The Syrian Kurdish
SDF's top military commander urged Syrian President Bashar Assad's government to choose the path to dialogue after ISIL's defeat when he announced a "new phase" in the conflict.
"We call on the central government in Damascus to opt for the dialogue process," Mazulom Cobain said in a statement. Damascus "to begin practical steps to reach a political solution based on the recognition of the" autonomous institutions "and the special status of the SDF
Commenting on the battle against Isil, he said that" a new phase in the fight against terrorists " adding that the goal is
The United States
President Donald Trump said that the United States "will remain vigilant against ISIS by bringing global efforts to combat terrorism in the fight with the armed group," until it is finally defeated  "For all young people on the Internet, who believe in Isis's propaganda, you will be dead if you join, "Trump said in a statement," Instead of thinking of a great life. "
" While these cowardly will appear again over time, they have lost everyone prestige and power, "he said, adding that" they are losers and will always be losers. "Meanwhile, William Robob, the official state department official in Syria, welcomed Isil's death as a" critical moment. "
"We congratulate the Syrian people and, in particular, the Syrian democratic forces for the destruction of the deceptive caliphate of Isis," Rubob said.
"As we have completed Isis' territorial defeat in Syria and Iraq, we still have a lot of work to make a lasting defeat to ISIS … ISIS remains a significant threat in the region, in the United States and our partners and allies," he added. ] France
President Emanuel Macron said the source of potential violence had been "eliminated" but warned that "the threat remains and the fight against terrorist groups must continue."
"The Syrian Democratic Forces announced that the last stronghold Daish has fallen. I pay tribute to our partners and to the armies of the international coalition, part of which is France, "said Macron on Twitter.
" They fought terrorists with determination for our security. "
Prime Minister Teresa May called the fall of the bastion historic cornerstone "in the struggle against Isil and said the British government remained" committed to eradicating their poisonous ideology. "
" The liberation of the last territory held by Daish it would be possible without the great courage of British "We will continue to do what is necessary to protect the British people, our allies, and our partners from the threat of Dash."
] Britain said its armed forces have around 1,400 staff in the region that provide support to local forces in addition to the numerous air strikes committed by the Royal Air Force. Germany
Foreign Minister Haiko Maas described the end of the caliphate as an "important step".
But he warned that it was "clear" that Isil "continues to pose a significant threat".