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Syrian and Iraqi government forces say the Islamic State that used to rule millions is now reduced to a single Syrian border town, a village on the Euphrates in Iraq, and a bit of desert.
By Delila James
Feb 22, 2018

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WASHINGTON D.C. — Syrian and Iraqi government forces have inflicted heavy losses on the Islamic State's caliphate and its final defeat is imminent, according to a report by Reuters on Friday.

Syrian forces captured its last major city on one side of the Syrian-Iraqi border and Iraqi forces took its last significant town on the other.

The Islamic State (IS) caliphate that used to terrorize millions is now reduced to a single Syrian border town, a village on the Euphrates in Iraq, and a bit of desert.

While officials said the final defeat could come quickly, they warn the group could reemerge as a guerrilla force.

"As IS continues to be hunted into these smallest areas we see them fleeing into the desert and hiding there in an attempt to devolve back into an insurgent terrorist group," said U.S. Colonel Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the U.S.-led international coalition that has been bombing IS, in the Reuters report. " The idea of IS and the virtual caliphate, that will not be defeated in the near term. There is still going to be an IS threat."

On Friday, Syrian government forces ended a two-month battle for control of Deir al-Zor, a center of the country's oil production.

"Some of them will fight until death, but they will not be able to do anything," a Syrian military source told Reuters. "[The IS] is besieged from all directions, there are no supplies, a collapse in morale, and therefore all the organization's elements of strength are finished."