According to the US led coalition’s experts, there are fewer than one thousand ISIS fighters/jihadists left in Syria and Iraq. However, there’s a downside to the good news: the same experts are now warning that ISIS/ISIS-inspired Islamic terrorist attacks in the West are expected to multiply, following the Islamic State defeat/loss of territory.
The US led international coalition basically defeated ISIS and reduced their Islamic state to ashes since the Donald entered the White House, with a little help from Russia and Iran. Hence, the Wednesday announcement that fewer than 1,000 ISIS operatives remain in Syria and Iraq, and even these remains are being hunted down like wild dogs in both countries. Here’s an official quoted by Reuters on the issue:
“Due to the commitment of the Coalition and the demonstrated competence of our partners in Iraq and Syria, there are estimated to be less than 1,000 ISIS terrorists in our combined joint area of operations, most of whom are being hunted down in the desert regions in eastern Syria and Western Iraq.”
The number of ISIS fighters dropped massively since three weeks ago. On December 5th it was estimated that 3000 ISIS jihadists were believed to be in Syria and Iraq, not to mention the 45,000 fighters present in the region 2 years ago, when ISIS reached its military peak. President Trump was credited for the victory against the terror group by many, including Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David Deptula, the former head of U.S. Air Force intelligence:
“The rules of engagement under the Obama administration were onerous. I mean what are we doing having individual target determination being conducted in the White House, which in some cases adds weeks and weeks. The limitations that were put on actually resulted in greater civilian casualties.”
Russia declared victory against ISIS on Wednesday, saying that they’re now focusing on destroying Al Nusra, another ISIS-like Islamist terrorist group that operates in the region, following Syria and Iraq, which both have recently declared victory against the Islamic State after years of bloody fighting. And more good news:
“We can tell you that we are working with our partners to kill or capture all remaining ISIS terrorists, to destroy their network and prevent their resurgence, and also to prevent them from escaping to bordering countries”
said a representative for the US led coalition. However, The Times of London reports that thousands of ISIS fighters managed to escape from conflict zones, mostly Syria and Iraq via Turkey and then to Western Europe:
The exodus began after Mosul [in Iraq] fell and continued after [Isis] lost Raqqa. We have lots of French in our jails and scores of other nationals but we think most of the British have escaped.