Concise News reports that Trump, who spoke at the White House, announced that the last of the Islamic State's territory in Syria is now being liberated by US-backed forces and that the situation would be resolved "by tonight". "In fact, there´s actually a tiny spot which will be gone by tonight", he said at the White House.
On Wednesday, SDF officials said they were in control of most of the encampment with just a small group of ISIS fighters left inside, surrounded and outnumbered. So this is ISIS on Election Day, my Election Day.
The battles in Baghouz are the last active front in the Syrian war that has killed more than 370,000 people since 2011. "So that's the way it goes", he added. "The alternative is not a good one in that we will be forced to release them", Trump tweeted last month.
Twelve people died overnight after arriving at a camp in northeastern Syria from ISIS' final enclave at Baghouz, the International Rescue Committee said on Thursday, as the US-backed forces pressed an offensive against the extremist group in its last redoubt. Fox News "has witnessed the last major offensive up close -- with USA -backed SDF forces attacking ISIS from three sides, pushing the fighters back, house to house, then tent to tent, against the Euphrates River", according to the website.
US -backed Syrian forces on Tuesday seized control of the encampment held by IS after hundreds of militants surrendered overnight, signaling the group's collapse after months of stiff resistance.
"These women and children are in the worst condition we have seen since the crisis first began".
Meanwhile, Trump reiterated that 400 American troops would remain in Syria to deter ISIS' resurgence, going back on his previous decision to pull all American troops from the Middle-Eastern country.
IS' final defeat at Baghouz will end its territorial rule that once spanned a third of Iraq and Syria.
Most of the women and children who were detained were moved to displacement camps in northeast Syria.
Global distribution of ISIS and al-Qaeda in 2018.