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Daesh Forces Dwindling By the Day in Syria, Iraq

Daesh Forces Dwindling By the Day in Syria, Iraq

Russia's top general accused the US military of training former Islamic State (ISIS) soldiers at an army base in Syria in order to cause havoc in the country.

The training is taking place inside a USA military base at Tanf, a strategic Syrian highway border crossing with Iraq, said Gen. Garasimov, who is chief of the Russian General Staff.

While Russia has partial withdrawn its own forces from Syria, Gen. Gerasimov said Moscow has kept an air base and naval facility in the nation and is well placed to deal with pockets of instability if and when they arose.

"From our point of view, it seems to us that ISIS are moving through regime areas with impunity" in eastern Syria while apparently fleeing to the west in an effort to reach territory controlled by other rebel groups fighting the regime of Syrian President Hafez al-Assad, British Army Maj. The unrest in Syria allowed ISIS, the self-styled jihadist extremist group, to control parts of the country, but the group has now lost nearly all of its territory.

Gerasimov said that next year's developments in Syria will include "the completion of eliminating militants from Jabhat al-Nusra and its affiliates".

"They are practically Islamic State", the general said.




In one of his latest statements, Gerasimov already explained that former ISIL terrorists have formed the so-called New Syrian Army, whose task is to destabilize the situation in the country. The U.S. said the military base is a temporary facility to train partner forces to fight ISIS, according to Reuters.

The U.S. has faced similar, inaccurate accusations like this from Russian Federation in the past. In October, Russia's Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov called the base a 100km wide "black hole" created with United States help on the Syrian border.

With the collapse of the ISIS caliphate in 2017, what's left of the terrorist group in Iraq and Syria is on the run, with some fighters moving west toward Damascus into Syrian regime-controlled territory and away from where the US -led coalition will work to defeat them.

The coalition dealt a significant blow to ISIS in 2017, liberating 60,000 square kilometers of land once claimed by the terrorist group, which ruled large swaths of Iraq and Syria since 2014.

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


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