BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – U.S. President Donald Trump declared on Thursday that the U.S.-backed forces had taken back “100 percent” of the Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) so-called ‘caliphate’.
“We just took over, you know, you kept hearing it was 90 percent, 92 percent, the caliphate in Syria. Now it’s 100 percent we just took over, 100 percent caliphate,” Trump said on Thursday while speaking to soldiers at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska during a refueling stop for Air Force One.
Trump’s declaration comes just a day after his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi.
Despite the U.S. President’s claims, the Islamic State still maintains a rather large pocket inside the Badiya Al-Sham region that is located between the Deir Ezzor, Homs, and Al-Sweida governorates.