"After ten days of evacuating more than 20,000 civilians, the battle was launched tonight" to wipe out last remnants of organisation: SDF spokesperson
"A page has turned, but this isn't a trial that can satisfy the victims," she said. "There is a taste of unfinished business."
The militant proto-state proclaimed by IS in June 2014 straddled swathes of land in Syria and Iraq and was roughly the size of Britain.
A total of 30,008 strikes against IS were carried out between August 2014 and the end of August 2018, with the Mosul campaign being particularly intense.
No proof was provided to back the Islamic State's assertion
A spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition said the SDF were making “great progress ... but the fight continues”.
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