Department officials recently said they were close to declaring an end to the caliphate, but also cautioned that a few hurdles remained.
On Thursday, Syrian Democratic Forces officials said that fighters were about a week away from declaring victory, with the caveat that the delicate situation could change.
Trump administration officials have been moving closer to publicly declaring a total rout of the Islamic State from the land it controls.
Two weeks ago, Vice President Mike Pence said at the Munich Security Conference that “we have one mile of territory left to capture.”.
He added, “Literally within hours or days, the ISIS caliphate will be no more.”.
At the same time, the Trump administration has sent mixed messages about the resources it will commit to defeat the Islamic State in Syria.
In December, Mr. Trump announced that he would withdraw all 2,000 American troops from Syria. »