U.S.-backed SDF captures 22 Islamic State terrorists in Syria’s Baghuz

US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighters take up positions against Isis militants in Baghuz. Photograph: Felipe Dana/AP

Baghdad ( – The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) arrested on Tuesday 22 Islamic State militants, including three Iraqis, in the Syrian town of Baghuz, an Iraqi security source said.

Speaking to Baghdad Today news website, the source said that the Kurdish-led forces raided several Islamic State tunnels in al-Mozarea region in al-Baghuz after receiving information on the presence of a number of terrorists there.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added that the forces managed to arrest 22 IS terrorists during the operation, including three Iraqis.

The SDF alliance on Saturday announced the defeat of the Islamic State group in Syria and raised victory flags in Baghuz, the last stronghold of the jihadist group.

The White House released a statement, in which U.S. President Donald Trump described IS’s loss of territory as “evidence of its false narrative”, adding: “They have lost all prestige and power.”

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