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Smoke rises at the positions of the Islamic State militants after an air strike by the coalition forces at the frontline in Raqqa October 5, 2017. — Reuters picSmoke rises at the positions of the Islamic State militants after an air strike by the coalition forces at the frontline in Raqqa October 5, 2017. — Reuters picWASHINGTON, Oct 22 — US President Donald Trump yesterday said the end of the Islamic State group’s “caliphate is in sight” following the fall of its former bastion Raqqa, and a transition can soon begin to set conditions for lasting peace in Syria.

The United States and its allies will support diplomatic negotiations “that end the violence, allow refugees to return safely home, and yield a political transition that honours the will of the Syrian people,” he said in a statement.

The declaration came four days after US-backed Kurdish-led forces recaptured Raqqa, the capital of IS’s self-proclaimed caliphate and its last major stronghold in Syria.

Trump said the entire city has been liberated from IS control, which he said represented a “critical breakthrough” in the global struggle against the militant group.

“With the liberation of Isis’ capital and the vast majority of its territory, the end of the Isis caliphate is in sight,” Trump said, using an alternate acronym for IS.

“We will soon transition into a new phase in which we will support local security forces, de-escalate violence across Syria, and advance the conditions for lasting peace, so that the terrorists cannot return to threaten our collective security again,” he said. — AFP

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