Trump announces 'new phase' in Syria after Raqqa recapture
"I am pleased to announce that the Syrian Democratic Forces, our partners in the fight against IS in Syria, have successfully recaptured Raqqa - the terrorist [IS] group's self-proclaimed capital city. Together, our forces have liberated the entire city from IS control," he said in a statement.
"The defeat of IS in Raqqa represents a critical breakthrough in our worldwide campaign to defeat IS and its wicked ideology. With the liberation of IS' capital and the vast majority of its territory, the end of the IS caliphate is in sight."
The US and its allies will support diplomatic negotiations "that end the violence, allow refugees to return safely home, and yield a political transition that honours the will of the Syrian people", he said in a statement.
"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," he said.