For 1,653 days Islamic State has ruled over its prophesied caliphate.
During that four-and-a-half years they inflicted untold misery on the nearly 10 million people that lived in it – a vast cross-border territory that at its height was the size of Britain.
But last night, their reign of terror appeared to be in its dying hours.
US President Donald Trump, whose country has led a coalition of countries against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), said on Friday said it would be declared over “in the next 24 hours".
On Saturday that the timeline had slipped as more civilians emerged from the rubble inside.
"We will very soon bring good news to the whole world," said Ciya Furat, a commander…