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US-backed forces retake all lands in Syria occupied by Daesh: Trump

Young children look at a member of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) after leaving the Daesh terror organization’s last holdout of Baghouz, in Syria's northern Dayr al-Zawr province on February 27, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

President Donald Trump has told American troops that US-backed forces in Syria had retaken 100 percent of the territory once held by Daesh terrorists.

Speaking to US troops stationed in Alaska, Trump said on Thursday that Daesh forces had been driven out of Syria entirely.

The US commander-in-chief then went on to report the Trump administration's progress in establishing peace in  Afghanistan and the Middle East.

Trump made his stop in Alaska on his way back from peace talks in Vietnam with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Daesh forces, which launched a terror campaign consisting of bloodshed and destruction against people in Iraq and Syria in 2014, have been largely eradicated. This, thanks to successful military operations by Syrian government forces, backed by forces from Iran and Russia, Daesh has.

The US-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), however, said Daesh remnants still existed in Syria and needed to be evacuated as soon as possible.

Trump, in the meantime, has signaled the withdrawal of US troops from Syria.

In spite of the Trump’s announced pullout, the US aims to maintain its military presence with 400 troops in Syria.

In a contradictory statement issued earlier on Thursday, Trump had claimed that he only wanted 200 troops to remain in Syria.

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