Trump claims the US have defeated ISIS in Syria

The United States has defeated the Islamic State in Syria, US President Donald Trump has claimed.

In a tweet Mr Trump added 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,” he wrote.

The Pentagon has refused to comment

There are about 2,000 US forces currently in Syria, many of them special operations forces working closely with an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF.

-Noah Harte