In a statement this afternoon, President Donald Trump announced the capture of the Islamic State’s capital Raqqa in Syria.
“I am pleased to announce that the Syrian Democratic Forces, our partners in the fight against ISIS in Syria, have successfully recaptured Raqqah – the terrorist group’s self-proclaimed capital city,” Trump proclaimed.
“Together, our forces have liberated the entire city from ISIS control.”
Trump and his military advisers now believe that the end of the Islamic State caliphate is in sight.
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Trump’s announcement comes a day after the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) officially declared victory. The victory ceremony took place in Raqqa’s stadium, the same place where ISIS fighters made a last stand. Some of these fighters are believed to still be hiding in tunnels throughout the city. Now that the city is in SDF hands, the next task is to clear Raqqa of explosives and give control over to local civilian leaders.
The announcement also ushers in a new phase of the campaign focused on a political transition. Although the Trump administration at one point appeared to be uninterested in forcing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad out of power, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has since clarified that he sees no role for Assad in governing Syria.
“Together, with our allies and partners, we will support diplomatic negotiations that end the violence, allow refugees to return safely home, and yield a political transition that honors the will of the Syrian people,” Trump stated.
At this point, the only territory left that ISIS controls in Syria is a small area by the Euphrates River.
Notice this story isn’t in the mainstream news very much today?
That’s because it’s one of the greatest successes of Trump’s young Presidency! #MAGA