White House: Islamic State Caliphate Territory '100 Percent Eliminated' in Syria

US President Donald Trump shows a map which he said indicates the end of ISIS as he arrives at Palm Beach International Airport in Florida

US President Donald Trump shows a map which he said indicates the end of ISIS as he arrives at Palm Beach International Airport in Florida

The President of The United States, Donald Trump, also described the group as "losers and barely breathing". As the president was headed to Florida on Air Force One Friday, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders showed reporters a map of the region and stated ISIS territory in the region is now completely destroyed.

"Here's ISIS right now", he said.

All ISIS-held territories in Syria have been eliminated, according to The White House.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) battled Islamic State militants holed up in the Baghouz area overnight, supported by US -led coalition air strikes, the SDF said, seeking to defeat the last pockets of jihadist resistance.

Trump showed reporters a map of Iraq and Syria that showed that the terror group no longer controlled any territory in the region.

Trump on Friday tweeted about the terror group saying: "ISIS uses the internet better than nearly anyone, but for all of those susceptible to ISIS propaganda, they are now being beaten badly at every level".

A Reuters journalist at Baghouz heard air strikes there on Friday afternoon and saw smoke rising.

Trump has been teasing the victory for days, most recently Wednesday when he said the milestone would be achieved by that night.

He pointed to a swath of red signifying the group's previous territorial hold, and then to one without any red.

Even with the conquering of IS territory, the group maintains a scattered presence and sleeper cells that threaten to continue its insurgency.

Seized Islamic State weapons that were found in the last stronghold of the extremist group are displayed outside Al Mayadin, Syria.

As the militants have put up a desperate, last-ditch fight for weeks, they have kept up their recruiting efforts, as Trump noted.

The siege has also been slowed by the unexpectedly large number of civilians in Baghouz, majority families of IS members.

As ISIS gained strength in the Middle East, Mr. Obama initially downplayed the threat, calling the group a "jayvee" terrorist team.

"Basically the problem is that the Syrian Democratic Forces, and we assume along with them, the Americans, the British and French wildly underestimated the number of civilians who were inside".