Trump hails liberation of Raqqa, says end of ISIS 'in sight'

The US President issued a statement praising the US-backed Syrian forces for recapturing Raqqa, the self-proclaimed capital of ISIS. The US, he added, will now enter a "new phase" of supporting Syrian security forces and advancing peace.
Syrian forces celebrating their victory in Raqqa Photo credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

US President Donald Trump said Saturday the end of ISIS is "in sight" following the liberation of Raqqa by US-backed Syrian forces earlier this week.

"I am pleased to announce that the Syrian Democratic Forces, our partners in the fight against ISIS in Syria, have successfully recaptured Raqqa — the terrorist group’s self-proclaimed capital city," Trump said in a statement. "Together, our forces have liberated the entire city from ISIS control."

"The defeat of ISIS in Raqqa represents a critical breakthrough in our worldwide campaign to defeat ISIS and its wicked ideology," he continued. "With the liberation of ISIS’s capital and the vast majority of its territory, the end of the ISIS caliphate is in sight."

Photo credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Trump added that the US will soon enter "a new phase" in Syria, which will focus on de-escalating violence and advancing "lasting peace."

"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," he said.

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