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The group's re-emergence in Syria occurred when Washington "Partially withdrawn" of the country, a decision taken against the opinion of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which demanded "More training and equipment for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