US President Donald Trump says the Daesh terrorists “will soon be destroyed,” pushing back on intelligence chiefs’ warning that the militants could regroup in Syria.
In a series of early morning tweets on Wednesday, the president took credit for the United States’ alleged fight against the ISIL terrorists a day after the country’s top intelligence officials testified in front of US Congress and presented a report analyzing the ISIL threats in Syria, from which Trump wants to withdraw.
“When I became President, ISIS was out of control in Syria & running rampant. Since then tremendous progress made, especially over last 5 weeks. Caliphate will soon be destroyed, unthinkable two years ago,” Trump said, referencing the Takfiri militants.
Daesh ‘to continue for some time’
Last year, Trump claimed victory over ISIL, a announcing that the US would begin a military withdrawal from the Muslim country.
“The group will exploit any reduction in [counterterrorism] pressure to strengthen its clandestine presence and accelerate rebuilding key capabilities, such as media production and external operations,” read the report. “ISIS very likely will continue to pursue external attacks from Iraq and Syria against regional and Western adversaries, including the United States.”