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“ISIS's reign of terror over nearly ten million people has come to an end,” CBS international correspondent Charlie D’Agata proudly announced during Wednesday’s Evening News. The reports came as President Trump told the press that the last remnants of the terrorist group should be wiped out by tonight. It was great news that got little airtime on ABC’s World News Tonight, where anchor David Muir sounded skeptical of the President.
In a fleeting news brief lasting only 18 seconds, Muir sought to discount and contradict the President’s timetable:
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Now to Syria tonight. President Trump proclaiming ISIS will be gone from that country by tonight. The President standing in front of the White House today, holding a map, showing the success of U.S.-backed forces over the past two years. Military officials have given no indication on when the battle over the last remaining ISIS foothold in that country will end.
Meanwhile, in CBS’s full-length report (1 minute and 23 seconds), D’Agata had no problem with confirming the President.
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Describing the remains of what was once ISIS territory as “a smoldering scrap heap”, D’Agata recalled what he witnessed from just behind the frontlines. “The guns fell silent today across the battlefield. U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces say, aside from a few pockets of resistance, ISIS is done,” he said. “And at least as long as we've been here, there’s been no sound of gunfire going in or coming out.”
D’Agata admitted that there was still work to do in clearing out ISIS’s “extensive network of tunnels”, cleaning up the destruction, clearing all the booby traps, and to take care of the new ISIS insurgency.
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But, D’Agata concluded by sharing this deeply profound observation: “For the first time in nearly four years, not a single ISIS flag is flying for as far as the eye can see.”
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