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‘End of the caliphate’… desolation as last Daesh stronghold falls

THIS is the scene of total devastation as US-backed Syrian forces clear the final area retaken from Daesh.

Destroyed vehicles litter the encampment following victory over the Islamist group — and the end of its five-year ‘caliphate’.

A spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said the village of Baghouz is ‘full of all kinds of explosives’, from land mines to suicide belts left behind by militants.

‘This is an historic moment, but we cannot be complacent as Daesh will continue to pose a threat,’ tweeted Maj Gen Christopher Ghika, deputy commander of the coalition.

At its height, Daesh controlled swathes of Syria and Iraq the size of Britain and a population of up to 12million. The fate of its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is unknown. PICTURE: GETTY