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the U. S. backed Syrian democratic forces have launched what one STF official described as quote the last battle against the final Islamic state stronghold in eastern Syria on Saturday , it's been described as the last vestige of the jihadist groups self proclaimed caliphate in Iraq and Syria defensive comes as US president Donald Trump earlier in the week said the defeat against Islamic state could be imminent it should be formally announced sometime probably next week that we will have , a hundred percent , of the caliphate , these twenty thousand civilians had been evacuated from the besieged enclave comprising two villages near the Iraqi border Mustafa Bali the head of the S. D. of the media office said the mission will be to quote eliminate the last remnants of the terrorist organization