ISIS Will Remain a Threat in 2018, Experts Warn

28 December, 2017, 01:02 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • Thousands of jihadists fled to Turkey after Isis-held cities were retaken

However, the Russian reconciliation center in Syria, as well as the Russian Defense Ministry have accused the United States of establishing a training camp near the al-Rukban refugee camp to create a new so-called "moderate opposition" out of various militia groups and blocking humanitarian aid to the refugees in the camp, banning an approach "closer than 55 kilometers [34 miles] to the compound".

In an interview with the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily, Gerasimov said that next year's developments in Syria will include "the completion of eliminating militants from Jabhat al-Nusra and its affiliates".

At the moment, there are about 750 militants in Al-Shaddadah and 350 in Al-Tanf on the Syrian-Jordanian border, according to Gerasimov, who said the Russian military has been watching the training at the Al-Tanf base for some time. "But after they are worked with, they change their spots and take on another name".

"Instead of the New Syrian Army, mobile ISIS groups, like a jack in the box, carry out sabotage and terrorist attacks against Syrian troops and civilians from there", he said, noting that while the pretext for the base's creation was "the need to conduct operations against ISIS" no information has been available to this respect during the first six months of its existence. "Their task is to destabilize the situation".

The comments by British Army Major General Felix Gedney indicate that the coalition will rely on the Syrian government to go after ISIS militants in areas controlled by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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Gedney, as well as US military leadership, have long expressed doubt in the regime's desire and ability to fight ISIS.

Reuters reported Wednesday that us officials have said the Tanf facility is a temporary base being used to train partner forces to fight against, not with, the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

Russian Federation and the United States have set up a communications channel to reduce the chance of fighting between the two rival campaigns against ISIS.

In November, Russia's defense ministry claimed it had evidence of the US supporting ISIS.

For its part, the Iraqi government said "final victory" was achieved against Daesh on December 9.



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