President Donald Trump said Wednesday that officials would announce next week that “100 percent” of the ISIS caliphate had been liberated.
“The United States military, our coalition partners and the Syrian Democratic forces have liberated virtually all of the territory previously held by ISIS in Syria and Iraq,” the president said during a speech to the Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. “It should be formally announced sometime probably next week that we will have 100 percent of the caliphate.”
“But I want to wait for the official word,” he quickly added. “I don’t want to say too early.”
ISIS currently holds only about 1 percent of land in Iraq and Syria, the global coalition to counter ISIS announced late last year. However, the caliphate continues to hold territory in Afghanistan, Libya, the Sinai and West Africa.
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