Trump welcomes fall of ISIS in Syria

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US President Donald Trump welcomed the fall of ISIS’s five-year “caliphate”, but warned that the terror group remained a threat.

Mr Trump’s remarks came after Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) raised victory flags in the Syrian town of Baghuz, IS’s last stronghold.

He said the US would remain vigilant until ISIS is finally defeated.

Mr Trump described ISIS loss of territory as “evidence of its false narrative”, adding: “They have lost all prestige and power.”

He also appealed to all of the young people on the internet believing in ISIS propaganda, saying: “Think instead about having a great life.”

Despite losing territory in Syria and Iraq, ISIS remains active in countries from Nigeria to the Philippines.

The location of the group’s overall leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is not known. But he has avoided being captured or killed, despite having fewer places to hide.



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