DAVOS: US President Donald Trump on Friday claimed that the US-backed coalition forces had won back almost 100 percent of territory occupied by the global terrorist outfit Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
“The coalition to defeat ISIS (IS) has retaken almost 100 percent of the territory once held by these killers in Iraq and Syria,” Trump said in a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
The IS has been dealt a string of defeats across Iraq and Syria in recent months, he added.
The remarks from Trump came days after the US-led coalition forces said that it had killed as many as 150 IS fighters in an operation in the middle Euphrates River Valley in Syria, where some remained entrenched.
It said the Syrian Democratic Forces, a US-backed Arab-Kurdish alliance fighting IS, had assisted in target observation prior to the strike.
Kurdish ground forces have played a critical role in defeating the IS, it said.
On Wednesday IS claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on ‘Save the Children`s’ office in east Afghanistan that left at least two people dead and 14 others wounded.
“We are committed to ensuring that Afghanistan never again becomes a safe haven for terrorists who want to commit mass murder to our civilian populations,” Trump said in his speech in which he also defended his America First Policy and criticised the unfair trade practices.