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PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Jun 07, 2023 7:23 am

31 ISIS detained in Iraq and Syria
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ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – During the month of May 2023, US-led coalition forces and partner forces conducted 38 operations against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, resulting in the arrest of 31 ISIS operatives, and 8 ISIS suspects killed, US CENTCOM said on Tuesday

“Our partner forces continue to demonstrate the capability, capacity, and competence to maintain the enduring defeat of ISIS," said Maj. Gen. Matthew McFarlane, Commanding General of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, said in a press release.

"The Coalition continues to Advise, Assist, and Enable our partners to keep pressure on ISIS and prevent them from re-establishing any type of network or effective military effort."

In Iraq, 21 partnered operations were carried out in which 11 ISIS suspects were detained and 6 were killed. In Syria, 17 were carried out, in which 20 ISIS suspects were detained, and two were killed.

“Despite their degraded capability, ISIS remains a significant threat within the region,” General Kurilla said. “CENTCOM, along with our partners, is committed to the enduring defeat of ISIS.”

ISIS has continued to pose a security risk in Iraq and Syria, despite the territorial defeat of ISIS in Syria in March 2019.

The Syria-based Rojava Information Centre (RIC) in a monthly report said 13 confirmed sleeper cell attacks were carried across northeast in May, a decrease from 20 in April.

Moreover, it said one ISIS member killed and 38 arrested in raids

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat Jun 10, 2023 8:47 pm

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QAMISHLI, Syria (AP) — The Kurdish-led authority in Western Kurdistan announced Saturday that hundreds of fighters with the Islamic State group held in prisons around the region will be put on trial after their home countries refused to repatriate them

The statement by Western Kurdistan said it still calls for the creation of an international tribunal to put those fighters on trial. It called on the United Nations, international rights groups and local organizations to help facilitate the trials.

The U.S.-backed and Kurdish-led Western Kurdistan, is holding over 10,000 captured ISIS fighters in around two dozen detention facilities — including 2,000 foreigners whose home countries have refused to repatriate them. The statement said the fighters from about 60 nationalities had entered Syria years ago and were captured in battles against the extremists.

“The terrorist organization carried out horrific crimes and mass massacres against people in the region,” it said, adding that such acts are considered crimes against humanity and war crimes. It said the trials will be “fair and transparent in accordance with international and local laws related to terrorism.”

The SDF and the local Kurdish police force known as Asayesh also oversee some 51,000 family members of IS fighters, mostly women and children in the al-Hol camp. Many of those family members remain die-hard IS supporters, and killings by militants have taken place in the camp over the years.

Saturday’s announcement came two days after U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken co-hosted a meeting in Saudi Arabia of foreign ministers from the global coalition battling ISIS during which he announced nearly $150 million in new U.S. funding for stabilization efforts in Syria and Iraq. The extremist group no longer controls any territory, but its affiliates still carry out attacks across Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

The Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, as ISIS is also known, includes more than 80 countries to coordinate action against the extremists, who at their height controlled large parts of Syria and Iraq. Blinken said the U.S. pledge is part of new funding amounting to more than $600 million.

Blinken did not specify, but U.S. aid to Syria is expected to flow through Kurdish allies, the United Nations or international aid groups, as the U.S. and other Western countries maintain sanctions on Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government.

The Kurdish-led authority did not say where exactly the trials will be held or when they will start. They are believed to take place in areas controlled by Western Kurdistan. The U.S. military has a presence in the region controlled by SDF fighters.

On any given day there are at least 900 U.S. forces in Syria, along with an undisclosed number of contractors.

U.S. forces advise and assist the SDF, including in securing the detention facilities, and they also conduct counterterror missions against IS.

The Kurdish-led authority said that years of fighting against ISIS has left 15,000 SDF fighters dead and 25,000 wounded. IS was officially defeated in Syria in March 2019, when the extremists lost the last sliver of land under their control but their sleeper cells still carry out deadly attacks.

Last week, the SDF announced it handed over 50 Iraqi ISIS fighters to Baghdad. It also said that it repatriated 170 Iraqis who were living at the al-Hol camp.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Jun 11, 2023 7:28 pm

International powers ignore ISIS

The ministerial meeting of the International Coalition Against ISIS, consisting of 85 states and organizations, was held in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, on June 8. Foreign ministers of the member countries of the International Coalition also attended the meeting

Although 9 years have passed since the establishment of the International Coalition, ISIS has not been eliminated completely. In a recent interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, the US Deputy Special Envoy for the International Coalition to Combat ISIS, Ian McCurry, denied that the war against the organization was over, even though it had become “more weak and scattered” than it was 5 or 10 years ago.

The Hol Refugee Camp, east of Hesekê city, and the Roj Camp in Qamishlo, close to the Iraqi border, are the most dangerous camps in the world. After the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) managed to end ISIS’ territorial rule on March 23, 2019, tens of thousands of families of the surrendered ISIS members were settled in these camps.

There are more than 54,390 Iraqi refugees and ISIS children and wives in the Hol camp. Despite the countless murders committed in the camp, ISIS families continue to maintain their extremist ideology.

'They are trying to build a state'

A researcher on terror organizations and journalist Lamara Arkendi stated that the ISIS threat continued despite the group’s weakening. Arkendi said: "All kinds of support are provided for ISIS to carry out its terrorist activities in the territories which formerly belonged to the Islamic state. The organization is trying to rebuild its state with this support.”

Arkendi insisted that the International Coalition should put more pressure on the governments and states from which ISIS mercenaries came and force them to ask for the extradition of their ISIS citizens and put them on trial.

Drawing attention to the dangers in the camps in North-East Syria, Arkendi said: “The international community or the governments of the countries where ISIS members came from have abandoned their citizens. But the greatest danger is that 60 or more children are born every month in the Hol refugee camp, yet there are no official documents regarding their identities. Those children are born with a fatwa issued by ISIS, which also legitimizes the marriage of 12-year-old children.”

Arkendi emphasized that many parties, including the Turkish state, benefited from the existence of ISIS.

'International powers do not do their duties'

Terrorism and international terrorist movements expert Munir Edib pointed out that the USA and its partners made a big mistake in the fight against ISIS. He said: “ISIS, which was established on June 29, 2014, could not be destroyed by air strikes. But it was defeated on March 23, 2019. It took five years to do that. For a very long time, the great powers could not destroy ISIS.”

“The ISIS threat is still there; it can still plan attacks in many places as it used to before,” he said.

Edib emphasized that although the coalition was formed 9 years ago, it did not fulfill its mission properly. He said: “They did not take sufficient steps to destroy ISIS due to different opinions or strategic goals. They were only carrying out air strikes, but there was no ground offensive.”

Edib remarked that the international community did not accept some refugees whose national identities were banned. He added: “Moreover, the USA did not have an international will to stop ISIS and destroy the camps that turned into ISIS strongholds. There are children in those camps, they have grown up as enemies of the state because they see themselves as prisoners.”

According to the data provided by the SDF, 19 thousand ISIS members are held in prisons in Western Kurdistan, of whom 7 thousand are foreign nationals, 12 thousand are Syrian and Iraqi nationals.

Edib said that some states wanted to cause confusion in other states by taking advantage of the political and economic presence of ISIS. He concluded: “Therefore, those states support ISIS. Now those states are known, so are their intentions. Their main goal is to establish a state for this organization.

There are also states that support ISIS in order to take advantage of its existence. States that obtain oil products through smuggling are an example of this. ISIS is not over yet; it has been weakened, yet, it may revive again. Because the defeat of ISIS was geographical, they still maintain their extremist ideas and have a lot of supporters and fighters.”
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri Jun 16, 2023 12:41 am

Peshmerga in anti-ISIS op
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[size=1`0]ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The Ministry of Peshmerga on Thursday said that the 14th Infantry Brigade successfully conducted a search operation on the slopes of Qarachogh mountains near Makhmour[/size]

The goal of the operation was “to destroy the remnants of ISIS terrorists and maintain security in the area.”

Makhmour, situated approximately 60 kilometers southwest of Erbil, is a territory under dispute.

Ever since the downfall of its self-proclaimed caliphate in Iraq back in 2017, ISIS militants have been utilizing tunnels and hiding in Mount Qarachogh and other contested regions.

In the aftermath of the Kurdistan Region's independence referendum in 2017, the Iraqi forces expelled the Kurdish Peshmerga from the disputed territories, including Makhmour.

Consequently, significant security vulnerabilities emerged in these areas, which ISIS has exploited.

In response, Peshmerga and Iraqi forces have launched operations in the area to prevent the resurgence of ISIS.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri Jun 16, 2023 1:22 am

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A 22-year-old United States army soldier could face up to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to attempting to assist purported Islamic State (ISIS) members in orchestrating attacks against US troops inside the country and in the Middle East

Private First Class Cole Bridges, also known as Cole Gonzales, had joined the US army in September 2019 and was assigned to a cavalry in Georgia, according to a statement from the US Justice Department. After having expressed interest in jihadism and support for ISIS on social media, in October 2020 Bridges was approached online by a covert Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) employee pretending to be an ISIS supporter with connections to the militant group.

Between October 2020 and January 2021, Bridges would provide training and tactical guidance to purported ISIS fighters through the communications with the FBI agent, including advising the supposed militants on how to ambush US troops in New York City as well as fortifying against US army attacks in the Middle East.

“Bridges’ traitorous conduct was a betrayal of his comrades and his country,” the statement quoted Damian Williams, New York’s southern district US attorney, as saying.

The suspect is scheduled to be sentenced on November 2, and could face a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison on charges of providing material support to ISIS and attempting to kill US troops.

A US court in October sentenced a Canadian citizen to 20 years in prison for encouraging and financially aiding the travel of six North American nationals, including an 18-year-old cousin, to Syria, for the purpose of joining ISIS.

ISIS seized control of vast swathes of Iraqi and Syrian land in 2014 but was declared territorially defeated in 2017 and 2019. While the group lacks any territorial presence on the ground, it still continues to pose serious security risks through bombings, hit-and-run attacks, and abductions in both countries.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat Jul 15, 2023 10:15 pm

Iraq arrests ISIS Sharia judge

Iraq’s national intelligence service on Thursday announced the arrest of a senior Islamic State (ISIS) official who held the position of a “Sharia judge,” in cooperation with the counterterrorism forces in Sulaimani province

Akkab Hamad Nijris Dali, nicknamed Abu Jamal, held the position of ISIS’ Sharia judge in the so-called Tigris state and had “issued multiple fatwa inciting the targeting of security forces and those who cooperated with them,” according to a statement from the Iraqi intelligence.

A Sharia judge is a judge who issues rulings based on Islamic law.

The statement added that Dali had fled to Syria in 2017 following the militant group’s defeat in Iraq, but had returned in 2023 based on the group’s orders. The suspect was tracked in multiple countries before being arrested based on “accurate intelligence.”

The location of the arrest was not revealed, but the statement mentioned that the operation was carried out in coordination with the counterterrorism services in Sulaimani.

Since the rise of ISIS in 2014, thousands of people have been detained across Iraq for suspected links to terrorist groups, including ISIS, while hundreds have been executed.

ISIS seized control of vast swathes of land in Iraq and Syria in 2014 and was declared territorially defeated in Iraq in 2017 and in Syria in 2019. While the group no longer controls any territory, it continues to pose a serious security risk through bombings, hit-and-run attacks, and abductions.

The US Central Command (CENTCOM) said that at least 13 ISIS operatives were killed and an additional 21 detained in partnered operations with their allies in Iraq and Syria during the month of June.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri Jul 21, 2023 1:05 pm

KDP/French discuss ISIS threats

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) President Masoud Barzani on Thursday discussed threats from the Islamic State as well as extremist ideologies with the French Minister of Armed Forces Sébastien Lecornu, according to a statement

Barzani received Lecornu in Erbil, where they also discussed fostering bilateral ties between Paris and Erbil, a statement from the KDP leader’s office read.

They also highlighted the ongoing ISIS threats and extremism in Iraq and the Middle East, per the statement.

Following his official visit to Baghdad, the French top defense official arrived in Erbil on Wednesday and met with Kurdistan Region’s President Nechirvan Barzani.

They discussed the ongoing French support for the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the fight against ISIS.

As an integral part of the US-led coalition against ISIS, France has provided the Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces with training as well as air support in the Kurdish forces’ fight against the terror group between 2014 and 2017.

Two French presidents, including incumbent President Emmanuel Macron and his predecessor François Hollande, have visited the Kurdistan Region in recent years.

Erbil and Paris share close economic, cultural, and political ties. The two capitals are sister cities.

Kurdish officials praise France regularly for the effective role it played in lifting “the diplomatic embargo” imposed by Baghdad on Erbil following the Kurdistan Region’s 2017 independence referendum, in which an overwhelming 90-plus percent of KRG citizens voted in favor of INDEPENDENCE.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat Jul 22, 2023 10:44 pm

ISIS leader captured

An Islamic State (ISIS) leader was arrested in the province of Deir ez-Zor in Western Kurdistan, the Kurdish administration announced on Saturday

Kurdish-led internal security (Asayish) launched an operation in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor with the assistance of the US-led global coalition, where they captured the ISIS leader along with a cache of weapons and ammunition.

The Asayish said that the preliminary investigations into the captured leader are complete and he will be referred to the judiciary.

The Asayish did not reveal the name of the leader or his role in the group.

ISIS swept through vast swathes of Syrian land in 2014 and was declared territorially defeated after the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the coalition seized its last bastion in Baghouz in 2019.

ISIS militants have continued to pose a threat, carrying out hit-and-run attacks on civilians and military targets of both the Syrian regime and the Kurdish-led authority.

Since the start of this year, ISIS has carried out over 80 attacks targeting the SDF and Western Kurdistan’s administration, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Aug 03, 2023 11:12 pm

ISIS announces death of leader

The Islamic State group announced on Thursday the death of its leader Abu al-Hussein al-Husseini al-Qurashi, who it said was killed in clashes in northwestern Syria

The leader "was killed after direct clashes" with jihadist group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in Idlib province, an ISIS spokesman said in a recorded message on its channels on the Telegram messaging app, without specifying when he was killed.

The spokesman announced the group's new leader -- its fifth -- as Abi Hafsan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi.

After a meteoric rise in Iraq and Syria in 2014 that saw it conquer vast swathes of territory, ISIS saw its self-proclaimed "caliphate" collapse under a wave of offensives.

The Sunni Muslim extremist group's austere and terror-ridden rule was marked by beheadings and mass shootings.

It was defeated in Iraq in 2017 and in Syria two years later, but sleeper cells still carry out attacks in both countries.

In November last year, ISIS said its previous leader, Abu Hasan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, had been killed.

His predecessor, Abu Ibrahim al-Qurashi, was killed in February last year in a US raid in Idlib province.

The group's first "caliph", Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was killed, also in Idlib, in October 2019.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Aug 10, 2023 9:29 pm

ISIS continue to target civilians
By Wladimir van Wilgenburg

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Thursday that suspected ISIS cells targeted two civilians in the Al-Yasat neighborhood, near Al-Basirah town, in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor. The civilians escaped injury in the attack

However, the previous day, two ISIS gunmen riding a motorbike carried out an assassination of a civilian on El-Eshreen Street in Al-Basira City, located within the areas of the Autonomous Administration to the east of Deir ez-Zor.

"It is worth noting that the victim was a civilian with no affiliations to any military or local groups. He owned a shoe store after leaving his work with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)," as stated in the SOHR report.

Despite the SDF and the US-led Coalition's announcement of ISIS's territorial defeat in Syria back in March 2019, the group's activities persist in regions that were previously liberated by the Kurdish-led forces, with Deir ez-Zor being a particularly active area for ISIS.

Furthermore, over the weekend, suspected ISIS cells distributed leaflets in al-Tayana town in eastern Deir ez-Zor, wherein they "threatened to execute women in the town who do not adhere to the Islamic dress code."

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Aug 10, 2023 9:44 pm

Thirty ISIS members detained

The US Central Command on Wednesday announced that 30 Islamic State (ISIS) members were detained in Iraq and Syria in July, following operations conducted with local allies

CENTCOM said in its monthly report on the anti-ISIS mission that 31 operations were carried out in July. Twenty of them were in Iraq and the remaining 11 were conducted in Syria.

The report indicates that in Iraq, two ISIS operatives were killed and 24 were detained. In Syria, three members were killed and six were detained.

“Thanks to the efforts of our Coalition-supported partners, we have seen a dramatic reduction in ISIS activity and effectiveness across our area of operations,” the report cited Major General Matthew McFarlane who reiterated the US commitment to advising, assisting, and enabling its partners in the “lead towards an enduring defeat of ISIS”.

At least 21 ISIS militants were detained and 13 others were killed in joint operations between US forces and local armed forces in Iraq and Syria in June.

An ISIS leader was arrested in the province of Deir ez-Zor in Western Kurdistan by the Kurdish forces on July 22.

ISIS seized control of vast swathes of land on both sides of the border in 2014 and was declared territorially defeated in Iraq in 2017 and in Syria in 2019. While the group no longer controls any territory, it continues to pose a serious security risk through bombings, hit-and-run attacks, and abductions.

The coalition advises and provides aerial assistance to Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi army as well as the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the fight against ISIS. In recent weeks, the SDF has carried out a string of raids against ISIS targets in Western Kurdistan in coordination with the US-led global coalition.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Aug 15, 2023 12:29 am

ISIS Tunnel Destroyed

Iraqi air force on Wednesday announced the destruction of an underground tunnel reportedly used by the Islamic State (ISIS) jihadist group militants on Hamrin mountain near the city of Kirkuk

"A tunnel on the Hamrin mountain range was destroyed in an air strike by the Iraqi Air Force overnight. The strike was carried out in close coordination with the military intelligence agency," Iraqi News Agency reported today, citing a statement from security sources.

Meanwhile, Iraqi air force destroyed an Islamic State hideout on Hamrin mountain yesterday too, and killed a number of militants in an operation outside the city of Kirkuk.

Iraq continues to face persistent security issues presented by Islamic State militants, especially in the disputed Kurdish territories. These extremists frequently find shelter in natural hiding spots like caves, foliage, and marshes, effectively merging into the rural scenery.

Their primary attention within Iraq is directed toward disputed territories, where they've exploited security vulnerabilities resulting from the 2017 takeover of these areas by the pro-Iran Hashd al-Shaabi militia.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Aug 15, 2023 11:24 pm

ISIS Hideout Destroyed in Kirkuk

Iraqi warplanes on Tuesday carried out an air strike in Wadi al-Shay within the disputed Kurdish province of Kirkuk, destroying a hideout belonging to Islamic State (ISIS) militants, the Military said in a statement

The operation was conducted after receiving intelligence information and surveillance, the Security Media Cell noted in a statement, adding that as a result of the airstrike, the hideout was “completely destroyed”.

Meanwhile, all militants present inside the hideout were also killed in the airstrike, the statement said without providing further details in this regard.

Last Tuesday, the Iraqi Air Force carried out a similar airstrike against a hideout of the Islamic State jihadist group on the outskirts of Kirkuk, killing several ISIS insurgents, state media Iraqi News Agency reported at the time.

“Iraqi Air Force in coordination with military intelligence sources on Tuesday destroyed an ISIS hideout, and killed several militants on Hamrin mountain," the report cited a statement from the Security Media Cell.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Aug 15, 2023 11:31 pm

ISIS commands 5,000-7000
By Wladimir van Wilgenburg

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Despite sustained counter-terrorism operations, ISIS continues to command between 5,000 and 7,000 members across Iraq and the Syrian Arab Republic, most of whom are fighters, a UN report said

“The group deliberately adopted a strategy to reduce attacks, in order to facilitate recruiting and reorganization. Although most senior Da’esh leaders remain in the north-west of the Syrian Arab Republic, the group has relocated some key figures elsewhere,” the seventeenth report of the UN Secretary-General on the threat posed by ISIS said.

Moreover, in Syria, ISIS continued to wage asymmetric attacks, albeit at a slightly lower frequency, especially in areas under Syrian government control.

“Ongoing military activity has largely contained the group in the central desert, Badiyah, which, while a haven for Da’esh (ISIS) with regard to training and reorganizing, is characterized by difficult terrain and lack of critical infrastructure, thereby limiting its ability to operate or disseminate propaganda effectively,” the UN report said.

“Small cells undertook regular attacks, including in the northern parts of Tadmur (Palmyra) and the eastern parts of Hama. Da’esh reportedly continues to use the north-east of the Syrian Arab Republic to reconstitute, including through attempts to release key leaders from prisons, while viewing the north-west as a potential gateway to Türkiye.”

Meanwhile, in Iraq, counter-terrorism efforts by Iraqi forces continued to result in a reduction in Da’esh activities. “Nevertheless, the group maintained its low-grade insurgency, exploiting security gaps along the border of the Kurdistan region of Iraq to enable attacks and resupply its cells in desert and mountainous areas,” the report said.

The report noted that ISIS maintained its presence in its strongholds around “Salah al-Din, north of Baghdad (Tarmiyah), Diyala and Kirkuk.” It also noted reported ties between ISIS and organized criminal groups in Mosul, Kirkuk, Tikrit, and Ramadi.

“Da’esh (ISIS) in Iraq is organized into eight units: administration, media, sharia, procurement, finances and economy, groundwork, explosives manufacturing, and prisoner release, across 10 Iraqi regional divisions, some of which have been combined owing to insufficient resources,” the report said. However, ISIS is becoming increasingly risk-averse to personnel losses.

The report also noticed that Iraq has now repatriated more than 5,000 individuals from camps in Syria in 10 waves. However, it noticed that at the current pace of repatriation, the “risks associated with these camps and detention facilities will persist for several more years.”

Moreover, it notes that the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) hold approximately 11,000 suspected ISIS members, including more than 3,500 Iraqis and approximately 2,000 individuals from almost 70 nationalities. It also noted that ISIS continued to aspire and plan to undertake prison breaks to replenish leadership ranks and gain experience and operational capability.

The latest Pentagon Lead Inspector General report to the US Congress, which covers the period from April 1, 2023 – June 30, 2023, also said that ISIS capabilities remained degraded in Iraq and Syria.

“The group conducted fewer attacks, which were mostly small and opportunistic, and suffered from ongoing leadership losses at the hands of the Coalition,” the report said.

Nevertheless, it said that “the group continued to pose a threat and its violent ideology remained unconstrained.”

https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/story/32 ... -UN-report

ISIS grew quickly because of the way Sunnis were treated by Saddam's Shia government and I believe that ISIS still has a great deal of support from the Sunni population

The US led coalition attacked Fallujah with depleted uranium shells killing innocent people, contaminating the land, and that contamination is still causing birth defects in innocent babies
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Aug 17, 2023 10:10 pm

Killing of ISIS Official in Raqqa

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has announced the killing of an Islamic State (ISIS) official in central of Raqqa, in northeast of Syria

The operation was carried on last Tuesday by the SDF’s special units in cooperation with US-led Coalition forces, “targeting the terrorist Ibrahim Al-Ali aka Abu Mujahid, the ISIS official of the Eastern region,” the SDF Media Center said in a statement.

“Supported by air surveillance from the International Coalition Forces, our forces successfully stormed the building where the terrorist was hiding. A clash erupted as he adamantly declined to heed the call for safe surrender, resulting in his neutralization.”

According to the statement, the operation also led to the seizure of various weapons and military equipment, including AK-47 rifle /1/, AK-47 magazines /7/, Ak-47 ammunition, Smartphones /4/, Laptop /1, Wi-Fi Reuter, and Personal IDs.

“Our dedicated forces, in close partnership with the International Coalition, will persistently pursue ISIS officials across different regions of NE Syria,” the SDF reaffirmed.

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