An SDF fighter overlooks the village of Baghouz. Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images

The last ISIS-held territory in the Middle East — Baghouz, Syria — was seized by the U.S.-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Wednesday, reports CBS.

The big picture: CBS says, "the U.S. military estimates an underground network of hundreds of thousands of ISIS supporters remain a threat." Also on Wednesday, President Trump said that ISIS will be "gone by tonight," per Politico.

Reality check: According to 3 reports referenced by NYT reporter Rukmini Callimachi, as of January 2019 "ISIS is estimated to have between 20,000 and 30,000 fighters just in Iraq and Syria ... that's more than 20–30 times what they had in 2010."

Go deeper: Intelligence chiefs say ISIS is still active around the world

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 9:45 p.m. ET: 19,282,972 — Total deaths: 718,851 — Total recoveries — 11,671,491Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 9:45 p.m. ET: 4,937,441 — Total deaths: 161,248 — Total recoveries: 1,623,870 — Total tests: 60,415,558Map.
  3. Politics: Trump says he's prepared to sign executive orders on coronavirus aid.
  4. Education: Cuomo says all New York schools can reopen for in-person learning.
  5. Public health: Surgeon general urges flu shots to prevent "double whammy" with coronavirus — Massachusetts pauses reopening after uptick in coronavirus cases.
  6. World: Africa records over 1 million coronavirus cases — Gates Foundation puts $150 million behind coronavirus vaccine production.

Warren and Clinton to speak on same night of Democratic convention

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton both are slated to speak on the Wednesday of the Democratic convention — Aug. 19 — four sources familiar with the planning told Axios.

Why it matters: That's the same night Joe Biden's running mate (to be revealed next week) will address the nation. Clinton and Warren represent two of the most influential wise-women of Democratic politics with the potential to turn out millions of establishment and progressive voters in November.

Trump considering order on pre-existing condition protections, which already exist

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President Trump announced on Friday he will pursue an executive order requiring insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions, something that is already law.

Why it matters: The Affordable Care Act already requires insurers to cover pre-existing conditions. The Trump administration is currently arguing in a case before the Supreme Court to strike down that very law — including its pre-existing condition protections.