President Donald Trump says the last of the Islamic State’s territory in Syria will be freed by U.S.-backed forces “by tonight.”
Trump spoke as he left the White House and displayed maps of IS-held territory in Iraq and Syria on the day he was elected and as of Wednesday morning.
The president says the most recent map shows a “tiny spot which will be gone by tonight.” He says when he was elected, Syria was “a mess” and awash in IS fighters.
U.S.-backed fighters battling to retake the last IS outpost in eastern Syria seized most of the last pocket of land on Tuesday.
U.S.-backed Syrian forces on Tuesday seized control of an encampment held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, after hundreds of militants surrendered overnight, a spokesman said, signaling the group’s collapse after months of stiff resistance.
Trump says the U.S. will keep 400 troops in Syria indefinitely.
President @realDonaldTrump holds up a map that allegedly shows the reduction of ISIS presence in Syria during the duration of his presidency.
“When I took it over it was a mess. Now, on the bottom…There is no red… there’s actually a tiny spot which will be gone by tonight” pic.twitter.com/zzDSkieIaC
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 20, 2019