Trump: ISIS members 'are losers and will always be losers'

President TrumpDonald TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit MORE condemned the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) Saturday as U.S.-backed forces declared its victory in the terrorist group’s remaining stronghold, excoriating its members as “losers.”

“I am pleased to announce that, together with our partners in the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, including the Iraqi Security Forces and the Syrian Democratic Forces, the United States has liberated all ISIS-controlled territory in Syria and Iraq—100 Percent of the ‘caliphate,’” Trump said in a statement.


“While on occasion these cowards will resurface, they have lost all prestige and power. They are losers and will always be losers.”

The president said despite the victory, the government would remain vigilant of any threats emanating from remnants of the group and urged any young people considering bolstering ISIS’ ranks.

“ISIS’s loss of territory is further evidence of its false narrative, which tries to legitimize a record of savagery that includes brutal executions, the exploitation of children as soldiers, and the sexual abuse and murder of women and children. To all of the young people on the internet believing in ISIS’s Propaganda, you will be dead if you join. Think instead about having a great life,” he said.

“We will remain vigilant against ISIS by aligning global counterterrorism efforts to fight ISIS until it is finally defeated wherever it operates. The United States will defend American interests whenever and wherever necessary. We will continue to work with our partners and allies to totally crush Radical Islamic Terrorists.” 

The White House first announced Friday that ISIS lost all of its territory in Syria, though the U.S.-baked and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) did not officially mark the victory until Saturday

“This is a big moment not just for us but for all of the world,” said Kino Gabriel, a spokesman for the SDF, according to The New York Times. “But we cannot say that ISIS is finished. It is true that they are finished on the ground as a standing army. But the ISIS threat remains around the globe.” 

Despite its defeat in Iraq and Syria, ISIS still has potent branches in Egypt, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Still the victory of ISIS’ “caliphate” marked a victory for the Trump administration in the years-long military offensive began under the Obama administration. At its height, ISIS controlled a swath of territory straddling Iraq and Syria that was about the same size as Britain.