By Name of the General Command of the Syrian Democratic Forces and on behalf of all our allies who fought with us in the same trench, we announce today the destruction of the so-called Islamic State Organization and the end of its ground control in its last pocket in Baguoz region.
regional forces with our own modest means through the heroic resistance in 2012 and 2013, our regions were attacked in early 2014, and at the incitement of the same regional forces by more attacks of ISIS. These attacks were the bloodiest, the most brutal and most comprehensive. It is worth to mention that Kobani battle was the symbol of the global resistance against terrorism and the turning point of ISIS defeating. Now, after five years of fighting, we stand here to declare the physical defeat of ISIS and the end of its public challenge over all human being.
We are proud of what we have achieved as a result of our war against Da”ash and al-Qaeda, which is the rescue of nearly 5 million people of all components in northeast Syria from the clutches of terrorism, as well as the liberation of 52 thousand km square of Syrian territory and the elimination of the threat of terrorism.
This victory was extremely expensive, as more than 11 thousand martyrs of our forces, leaders and fighters, as well as civilian victims were the target of ISIS and more than 21 thousand fighters were sustainably injured.
On this occasion we cannot but remember those heroes and pay tribute to the memory of the martyrs and wish the urgent recovery of their wounds, without their sacrifices we would not granted this victory.
Likewise, we extend our deepest thanks and gratitude to all those who contributed to this war against terrorism, particularly the International Coalition against Da’ash.
The main factor in the success of Syrian democratic forces in its war against terrorism was its adoption of the democratic approach, the principles of the democratic nation, the freedom of women, the principles of coexistence and brotherhood of peoples, which brought together Kurd, Arab, Syriac, Assyrian, Turkoman, Chechen, Circassian and international fighters under Syrian democratic forces flag.
Just as Syrian democratic forces have helped people of the liberated areas to build their administrative and security institutions, they will also create the stability of the regions so that these areas can rebuild their administrative and legislative councils through democratic and transparent elections.
In this context, we call on the central government in Damascus to prefer the process of dialogue and start practical steps to reach a political solution based on the recognition of elected self-administrations in north-east of Syria and acceptance of the specialty of Syrian democratic forces.
We also call on Turkey to stop interfering into Syrian internal affairs and to stop constantly threat its security and exit from Syrian territory, especially Afrin, and to adopt dialogue as a way to resolve outstanding problems in the region based on mutual respect and good neighborly relations.
In conclusion, we affirm that our war against Da’ash terrorism will continue until full victory is achieved and the total elimination of its existence. At the same time, we announce to the world public opinion the beginning of a new phase in the fight against terrorists, and this through the continuation of precise military and security campaigns in coordination with the international coalition forces with the aim of completely eliminating the secret military presence of ISIS organization sleeping cells, which are great threat to our region and the whole world.
General Command of the Syrian Democratic Forces