April 20, 2019
ISIS has been since it started in 1999, one of the most powerful, if not the most powerful terrorist organization in the world. But recently, the group has started falling, and on March 13, 2019, the so called “caliphate” was reduced to a small town in Syria called Baghouz. A caliphate is an Islamic state under the leadership of an Islamic steward with the title of caliph. US supported Kurdish Forces (Iraqi) and Syrian Democratic Forces had the town surrounded, with 1500 civilians and 500 fighters left in the town. The last battle took place on a hillside near Baghouz. The final stage of the battle was to let all the civilians and foreign ISIS supporters out of the town and send the civilians to safety, and the foreign ISIS supporters to be interrogated.
Some of the people in the town were Muslims who had fled their countries of birth to join the extremist group. There was a teenage girl who left the UK, Shamima Begum, and a twenty-four-year-old girl who left the US, Hoda Muthana, to join ISIS. They were both stripped of their citizenships, and after they both had children in the extremist group`s territory and there ISIS fighter husbands were killed, they wanted to return home to their places of birth, but they were not allowed. They had left their homes to join a terrorist group, which is the enemy of both the US and the UK
A mother, Rashida Sumaiya, had left her Florida home with her two children and her sister to fly to Turkey and then crossover to Syria to join the terrorist group. Her husband, Bashiurul Shikder, had come home from a pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and he found his family gone. That was back in 2015. He has been searching for his children for four years. His wife was able to contact him, she tried to get him to send money and to come join her and Syria, but he refused. Their marriage had been annulled, and she had remarried, and shortly after, she gave birth to girl, and her new husband had been killed. Sometime later, she was also killed in an airstrike. Bashiurul has offered to adopt Rashida`s new baby.
Syrian hospitals are filled with mainly sick and injured children. The town of Baghouz was littered with tents, dead bodies, and rubble. After the battle was over, the Syrian Democratic Flag flying was flying over the town, and the ISIS fighters were being interrogated by the SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces), and the civilians were being sent to camps. The world is worried that even with the ISIS “caliphate” gone, new extremist groups will spring up, possibly even a new faction of ISIS.