Caliphate destroyed, but the group itself has not suffered a final defeat, said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

“Physically, the caliphate of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, with its capital in Raqqa, was destroyed, the IS has largely, but not completely, been crushed,” Tillerson said, speaking at Stanford University in California.

The broadcast of the speech was conducted by the State Department website.

At the same time, according to Tillerson, the authorities in Damascus control about 50% of the territory of Syria, and neither side can unite the country militarily or establish control over it.