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Trump claims U.S. has defeated ISIS in Syria

Trump claims U.S. has defeated ISIS in Syria
FILE PHOTO - U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a roundtable discussion of the Federal Commission on School Safety Report at the White House in Washington, U.S., December 18, 2018. REUTERS/Jim Young   -   Copyright  JIM YOUNG(Reuters)
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has defeated the Islamic State in Syria, U.S. President Donald Trump claimed on Wednesday, adding that it was the only reason he had kept troops in the country.

“We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

Earlier on Wednesday, U.S. officials told Reuters that they were considering a total withdrawal of U.S. forces from the Middle Eastern country.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Tim Ahmann)

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