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Donald Trump: Troops to seize last areas of Daesh’s caliphate

Job done?
President
Trump
intends to
withdraw
US soldiers
but there
are fears of
a comeback
by the
extremists

DONALD TRUMP has said he expects to be able to announce next week that Daesh has lost all of its territory.

The US president said he and his coalition partners, including Britain, were close to completely dismantling the Islamist terror group’s so-called caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

At a meeting of foreign ministers and senior officials from the 79-member coalition, he said: ‘It should be formally announced sometime, probably next week, that we will have 100 per cent of the caliphate.’

Daesh has already lost 99.5 per cent of its former territory, US officials say. The group is said to hold fewer than two square miles in Syria’s Middle Euphrates River Valley, where most of its fighters are based.

But there are fears it could make a comeback after Mr Trump announced last month that he intended to withdraw more than 2,000 troops.

The president acknowledged at the meeting in Washington that ‘remnants’ of the group still posed a threat. But he said he was determined to bring US troops home and called on the other members to do their ‘fair share’.

A UN report has warned Daesh still posed ‘the main and best-resourced international terrorist threat’.