Less Than 1000 ISIS fighters Remain in Iraq and Syria, Coalition Says


At the moment, there are about 750 militants in Al-Shaddadah and 350 in Al-Tanf on the Syrian-Jordanian border, according to Gerasimov, who said the Russian military has been watching the training at the Al-Tanf base for some time.

"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.

"We are seeing the movement of limited numbers of ISIS militants westwards" from eastern Syria near the Iraqi border, said Gedney, the deputy commander for strategy and support for the USA -led Operation Inherent Resolve.

"They seem to be moving with impunity through the regime-held territory, showing that the [Syrian] regime is clearly either unwilling or unable to defeat Daesh within their borders", the United Kingdom general told reporters. It has rejected similar Russian allegations in the past, saying Washington remains committed to killing off Islamic State and denying it safe havens.

Russian Federation says the US base is illegal and that it and the area around it have become "a black hole" where militants operate unhindered.

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"The time for the coalition to leave Syria will be when we have defeated ISIS [Daesh] in the areas that we control", Gedney said. Russian Federation has backed al-Assad but has partially withdrawn its troops out of the country. 'But after they are worked with, they change their spots and take on another name. "Their task is to destabilize the situation".

Iraq and Syria have both declared victory over ISIS in recent weeks, after a year in which the two countries' armies, a range of foreign allies and various local forces drove the fighters out of all the towns and villages that once made up the militant group's self-proclaimed caliphate.

In November, Russia's defense ministry claimed it had evidence of the US supporting ISIS.

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces calls his comrades during the fighting with Islamic State fighters in Raqqa, Syria, August 14, 2017.

"Coalition and partnered forces engaged and defended the ISIS attack with direct fire before destroying enemy assault vehicles and the remaining fighters with multiple coalition airstrikes", the coalition said in a news release.It is not known how long the battle lasted.