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Trump Says Islamic State’s Caliphate Completely Eliminated

Trump Says Islamic State’s Caliphate Completely Eliminated by Nancy A. Youssef and Alex Leary – Wall Street Journal

President Trump on Friday again announced the Islamic State’s nearly five-year territorial grip in Syria had ended, even as Pentagon officials and U.S.-backed ground forces said they were still fighting.

 

The president’s declaration Friday marked at least the fifth time in four months that he had either declared the war was over or would soon be, most recently two days ago outside the White House.

 

“It’s about time,” the president said Friday.

 

But those who have been fighting in that last-held area of Islamic State-controlled territory, known as Baghouz, have repeatedly warned that the group has been particularly intractable in the final stages of the war…

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