President Donald Trump asserted on Thursday that the Islamic State group has lost 100 percent of the territory it once controlled in Syria, but U.S. officials in Washington and accounts from people in Syria said a sliver of land remains contested.
Trump made his statement to troops in Alaska during a refueling stop on his way home from meeting in Vietnam with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
He noted that ISIS has been on the verge of losing its entire so-called caliphate in Syria for many months.
“Now it’s 100 percent we just took over, 100 percent,” he said, adding, “The area, the land, we just have 100 percent. We did that in a much shorter period of time than it was supposed to be [sic].”
When asked about Trump’s comments, the Pentagon referred reporters to the White House.