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So-called IS territory in Syria "100 percent eliminated" - WH

WASHINGTON, March 22 (KUNA) -- The White House Press Secretary announced Friday that the "the territorial caliphate (of the so-called Islamic State or IS) has been 100 percent eliminated in Syria." Sarah Sanders, speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One as President Donald Trump was heading for Florida, said that Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan "is on the plane and briefed the president on the way." Meanwhile, Trump said in a tweet that IS "uses the internet better than almost anyone, but for all of those susceptible to (IS) propaganda, they are now being beaten badly at every level." "There is nothing to admire about them, they will always try to show a glimmer of vicious hope, but they are losers and barely breathing. Think about that before you destroy your lives and the lives of your family!" he remarked. (end) si.gb