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Pentagon finds "resurgence" of ISIS in Syria

The Islamic State (IS) group is in the process of  " resurface" in Syria even as the United States withdraws its troops from the country, alerted, Tuesday, August 6, a general inspector of the Pentagon in a report.

"Even though he lost his â € œcaliphateâ € territorial, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has strengthened its insurgency capabilities in Iraq and resumed its activities in Syria this quarter. "says the document.

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The IS was able to "Consolidate and support operations" in both countries partly because the local forces "Remain unable to maintain long-term operations, conduct operations simultaneously, or keep the territory they have"he adds.

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Between 14,000 and 18,000 "members" in Iraq and Syria

The group's re-emergence in Syria occurred when Washington "Partially withdrawn" of the country, a decision taken against the opinion of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which demanded "More training and equipment for counter-insurgency operations".

President Donald Trump announced the end of 2018 the withdrawal of most of the approximately 2,000 US troops from northeastern Syria, proclaiming a total victory against the jihadist organization, a decision who had pushed his defense minister, Jim Mattis, to resign.

Some American troops have remained in northeastern Syria, a region that is not controlled by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, and Washington is asking for increased military support from other members of the international coalition against IS.

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The latter claims that the jihadist organization still probably numbers between 14,000 and 18,000 Â "Â Member" in Iraq and Syria, including up to 3,000 foreigners, according to this report.

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