As part of an effort to de-radicalize captured ISIS fighters, the Syrian Democratic Forces are using a tactic that has seen success around the world: Art therapy.

About two dozen prisoners at an SDF detention center in Qamishli, Syria, are taking an art class in which they produce"papier-mâché models of birds, flowers and trees" as part of a plan to rehabilitate and reintegrate ISIS prisoners into society to prevent them from returning to the fight after being released, Liz Sly of the Washington Post first reported

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Victory over ISIS has come at a tremendous cost for America's Kurdish and Arab allies in Syria.

More than 11,000 Syrian Democratic Forces fighters were killed and 21,000 others wounded fighting ISIS, the group announced on Saturday following the group's formal liberation of ISIS' last enclave in Syria.

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The ISIS caliphate is still not dead.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters on Friday that the Pentagon "made the call" that ISIS had lost all of its former territory in Syria, according to a White House press pool report.

"When we asked if the caliphate was 100 percent eliminated, Sanders repeatedly said, 'Yes,'" the pool report says.

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The Pentagon's chief spokesman is refusing to say whether the last ISIS stronghold in Syria has fallen a day after President Donald Trump announced the caliphate's demise for the fourth time in as many months.

"Wherever ISIS exists, we will continue to pursue them with our partners and allies in the region," Charles Summers told reporters on Thursday at a Pentagon media event.

When asked if the fight to clear ISIS from Syria's Middle Euphrates River Valley has ended, Summers replied, "We continue to fight against ISIS wherever they may be."

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Flares are seen in the sky during fighting in the Islamic State's final enclave, in the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria March 11, 2019 (Reuters/Rodi Said)

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran and Syria on Monday demanded the United States withdraw its troops from Syria, and the Damascus government threatened to defeat Washington's Kurdish allies by force if they did not submit to the return of state authority.

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Smoke rises from the last besieged neighborhood in the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria March 17, 2019 (Reuters)

BAGHOUZ, Syria (Reuters) - Falling bombs raised smoke over Islamic State's last enclave in east Syria on Sunday, obscuring the huddle of vehicles and makeshift shelters to which the group's self-declared "caliphate" has been reduced.

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