According to a report by Reuters, on Friday, US President Donald Trump said that US-backed forces had dislodged the Islamic State militant group from its last holdout in Syria. Over the past few weeks, Trump has said Islamic State no longer holds territory several times over the past few weeks, however US officials have reportedly said that fighting continued late into Thursday between US-backed forces and Islamic State militants. Syrian Democractic Forces said that an overnight battle in the Baghouz area, supported by US-led coalition airstrikes, was intended to defeat the last pockets of jihadist resistance who have refused to surrender.

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