US President Donald Trump, in his State of the Union address, lauded what he said was the near-complete victory over ISIL. He also reaffirmed his determination to pull out roughly 2,000 US troops from Syria. He had said in December that the pullout would proceed quickly.

On Wednesday, addressing a gathering of foreign ministers, the US president said he expected a formal announcement as early as next week that the coalition fighting ISIL, also known as ISIS, had reclaimed all of the territory previously held by the armed group in Syria and Iraq.

"It should be formally announced sometime, probably next week, that we will have 100 percent of the caliphate," Trump said in his speech.

From Lebanon, Rami Khouri, senior fellow and professor at the American University of Beirut, talks to Al Jazeera about how plausible Trump's claim could be.

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