President hails step toward lasting peace and political transition but advisers say militants remain a threat and Assad government newly strengthened

Donald Trump on Saturday issued a statement on the Islamic State’s expulsion from Raqqa that ran counter to warnings in recent days from his national security aides that the militants remain fully capable of striking American interests.

Events in Raqqa were a milestone in the fight against terrorism and a step toward a political transition and lasting peace in Syria, Trump said in a White House statement.

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