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Trump Claims 'End of Daesh Caliphate in Sight' After Raqqa Liberation

© AP Photo / Alex BrandonPresident Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in the East Room of the White House in Washington.
President Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. - Sputnik International
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Raqqa, which had been under the control of terrorists since 2014, was liberated on Friday by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — US President Donald Trump said in a statement he was "pleased to announce" that the Syrian Democratic Forces, predominantly Kurdish forces supported by the US-led coalition, had "successfully recaptured" the city.

He also said that the liberation of Raqqa was a critical breakthrough in the campaign against Daesh, adding that "the end of the ISIS [Daesh] caliphate is in sight."

A U.S. soldier stands near Syrian children on a road that links to Raqqa, Syria, Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Sputnik International
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"We will soon transition into a new phase in which we will support local security forces, de-escalate violence across Syria, and advance the conditions for lasting peace, so that the terrorists cannot return to threaten our collective security again," Trump stated, adding that the United States and its allies would support diplomatic negotiations to end the violence and allow refugees to return home safely, as well as to "yield a political transition that honors the will of the Syrian people."

The leaders of the terrorists, as well as anyone who supports them, "must and will face justice," Trump concluded.

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The US-led coalition confirmed that Raqqa had been liberated from Daesh and congratulated the Syrian Democratic Forces with a victory over terrorist group. The battle for the city has lasted for months.

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