Thursday, 18 January, 2018

Coalition Declares it Won't Conduct Ops in Syrian Areas Controlled by Damascus

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Ray Hunter | 28 December, 2017, 01:51

"We are taking those individuals off the battlefield", Gedney said, calling on the Syrian government to clear the areas from Daesh under its control. "They seem to be moving with impunity through the regime-held territory, showing that the regime is clearly either unwilling or unable to defeat Daesh within their borders", Gedney told reporters, adding that the coalition forces had seen Daesh fighters moving around areas near the United States military base at al-Tanf in Syria.

In recent weeks, ISIS fighters, or their sympathizers, reportedly have mounted small attacks in the southern neighborhoods of Damascus, the Syrian capital. We report today that thousands of Westerners serving with Isis forces have escaped encirclement in the final battles along the border between Syria and Iraq.

In a video briefing to the Pentagon from Baghdad, Gedney said that the free movement of the ISIS fighters was evidence "the regime is either unwilling or unable to defeat [ISIS] within their borders".

"We've got no intention to operate in areas that are now held by the regime", Gedney said.

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While in the regime's areas, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria fighters essentially are immune from attack by the US and its partnered forces, Gedney said.

After a year in which US -backed forces drove ISIS militants from strongholds in Iraq and Syria, experts warn that the terrorist group will remain a threat in 2018 as what some call a "virtual caliphate", NBC News reported. 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. And by December, the USA said 97 percent of ISIS-held territory in Iraq and Syria had been liberated, and Iraq declared its war against the group over. He said the U.S. military's longer-term objective would be to prevent the return of an "ISIS 2.0".

Assad's main ally Russian Federation also said on Wednesday the main battle with Islamic State in Syria was over.

Gedney, the deputy commander of strategy and support for the coalition, said the fight against Islamic State was not over, and militants had been seen moving west of the Euphrates river.

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