ISIS will be eliminated tonight, Trump boasts

US President Donald Trump holds up a map as he speaks before departing the White House in Washington DC

The map, he told reporters outside the White House before departing on a visit to OH, showed land held by the murderous caliphate marked in red.

US President Donald Trump, speaking about the success of the SDF operation to clear out the last stronghold of Daesh* militants in Syria, claimed that there was one last "small pocket" of militants, which would be cleared "tonight". "The fact is actually a tiny spot, which will be gone by tonight".

Syrian Democratic Forces captured hundreds of wounded ISIS fighters, including suspects involved in a bombing that left four Americans dead in northern Syria in January.

"When I took it over, it was a mess".

Previously Trump had said ISIS had already been defeated.

Trump displays Syria map detailing ISIS territory loss, vows terror network ‘will be gone by tonight’
Trump says ISIS will be 'gone by tonight'

Reports suggest that when Baghouz falls, ISIS will be defeated.

The president also confirmed the decision to leave 400 U.S. troops in Syria - 200 in the north and 200 in the Al-Tanf area at the Jordan border. The battle for Baghuz has dragged on for weeks and the encampment had proven to be a major battleground, with tents covering foxholes and underground tunnels.

The siege has also been slowed by the unexpectedly large number of civilians in Baghuz, a lot of them families of IS members. The sheer number who emerged - almost 30,000 since early January, according to Kurdish officials - took the Syrian Democratic Forces by surprise.

SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali posted on Twitter: "This is not a victory announcement, but a significant progress in the fight".

Associated Press journalists saw SDF soldiers loading women and children into trailer trucks on the hilltop over Baghouz - a sign that evacuations were still underway Wednesday.

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