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Trump says ISIS no longer holds any territory in Syria

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US President Donald Trump said Friday that US-backed forces had dislodged ISIS from its last holdout in Syria, Euronews reported.

Earlier on Friday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters ISIS no longer held any territory in Syria and that US acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan had briefed the president on the milestone as he was traveling to Florida on Air Force One.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) battled ISIS militants holed up in the Baghouz area overnight, supported by US-led coalition air strikes, the SDF said.

The SDF has been battling for weeks to defeat ISIS in the Baghouz enclave in southeastern Syria at the Iraqi border, all that remained of the territory the militants ruled, which once spanned a third of Syria and Iraq.