ISIL to be wiped off map imminently: Trump
WASHINGTON- Agence France-Presse
A bullish U.S. President Donald Trump predicted on March 20 that the ISIL would be wiped off the map within hours, as he unfurled printouts showing the jihadists' shrinking presence in Iraq and Syria.
Trump claimed American forces have inflicted significant casualties on the battlefield in the past month.
He has signaled the group's imminent demise on several previous occasions ISIL has yet to wave the white flag of surrender.
A second map, he said, shows the extremist organization about to be wiped out.
"There is no red. In fact, there's actually a tiny spot which will be gone by tonight," he said at the White House.
Later in Ohio, standing by M1A2 Abrams tanks painted in camouflage in front of a huge American flag, Trump again used his map props to highlight the military gains against the jihadists.
"And now you look at it, and there's no red," he crowed as workers cheered. "As of today, this is ISIL, there's none. The caliphate is gone as of tonight."