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president trump told reporters on arrival to Florida on Friday that Islamic state militants no longer hold any territory in Syria so there's ice , that's what we have right now , as of last night the White House says trump had been briefed on the matter by acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan on airforce one but U. S. backed Syrian democratic forces on the ground had yet to announce the final ratification of Islamic state militants from bag goos there last enclave in eastern Syria trump has said Islamic state no longer hold Syrian territory more than once over the past few weeks I kept hearing was ninety percent ninety two percent the caliphate in Syria now it's a hundred percent practice actually a tiny spot which will be gone by tonight this is ice is this non the caliphate is gone as of tonight observers in the region say air strikes and gunfire could be heard on Friday afternoon less than an hour after trump's latest declaration U. S. backed coalition forces have been battling Islamic state in Syria since September two thousand fourteen when air strikes began the STF says that while they have recaptured most of the area they won't declare total victory until a search for hidden mines and jihadist holdouts is complete