The General Command of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) issued on Saturday in al-Omer field in Deir ez-Zor countryside a statement to the public opinion, announcing the defeat of Daesh.
Before reading the statement, the attendees held a minute of silence which was accompanied by a military parade performed by the fighters of SDF, and listening to the Kurdish national anthem "Hey Reqib."
Then, the general commander of SDF Mazloum Abdi, the commander of the Women Protection Units (YPJ) Newroz Ahmed, and the US envoy to the International Coalition to fight Daesh William Rubak raised the curtains on the monument that symbolizes this historic day.
The statement was read by the general commander of SDF Mazloum Abdi in the presence of leaders of the International Coalition against Daesh, SDF commanders and fighters, officials in the Autonomous Administration (AA) of North and East Syria, representatives of the political parties, and the clans' heads and notables in north and east Syria.
The statement included,
"On behalf of the General Command of SDF, all their fighters, and all our allies who fought with us in the same trench, we announce the destruction of what was called the organization of the Islamic State and the end of its field control on the last enclaves in al-Baguz region.
After our forces defeated al-Qaeda organization's terrorists and their followers who used to receive support and facilities from regional forces and with our own modest potentials through the heroic resistance of 2012 and 2013, our regions were attacked by Daesh in early 2014, and the battle of Kobani was the symbol of the global resistance against terrorism and the beginning of Daesh's defeat. Now, after five years of fighting, we stand here to declare the field defeat of Daesh.
We are proud of what we have achieved in the result of our battle against Daesh and al-Qaeda, and that is represented by rescuing nearly 5 million inhabitants of north and east Syria with all components from the clutches of terrorism, the liberation of 52 thousand km2 of the Syrian territories and the elimination of the terrorism that used to threaten humanity.
This victory was very expensive as more than 11,000 of our forces; commanders and fighters martyred, civilian victims were left, and more than 21,000 of our fighters injured. On this occasion, we cannot but commemorate those great heroes. We bow in tribute to the martyrs and wish the speedy recovery for our wounded as without their sacrifices, this victory would not have been achieved.
Likewise, we express our deepest thanks to all those who contributed and participated in this battle against terrorism, particularly the International Coalition against Daesh.
The main factor of SDF's success in their battle against terrorism was their adoption of the democratic approach, the principles of the democratic nation and the freedom of women and the principles of co-existence and peoples' fraternity which brought together the Kurdish, Arab, Syriac, Assyrian, Turkmen, Chechen and Circassian fighters and the international fighters under the flag SDF.
Just as SDF have helped the people of the liberated areas to establish their administrative and security institutions, they will also create the stability of the regions so that these areas would be able to rebuild their administrative and legislative councils through democratic elections.
In conclusion, we affirm that our battle against Daesh's terrorism will continue until the full victory is achieved and its total existence is eliminated. At the same time, we call on the Coalition Forces to support us in the new stage to fight Daesh terrorists through the continuation of accurate military and security campaigns aiming at eliminating Daesh's secret military presence completely.