Russia Accuses The US Of Supporting ISIS - Again

ISIS has lost most of its land since President Trump took office

According to Gerasimov, the main forces of the ISIS fled to Libya and southwestern Asia after being defeated in Syria.

The comments by British Army Major General Felix Gedney indicate that the coalition will rely on the Syrian government to go after ISIS militants in areas controlled by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

In recent weeks, ISIS fighters, or their sympathizers, reportedly have mounted small attacks in the southern neighborhoods of Damascus, the Syrian capital.

Gerasimov said, "This is essentially ISIS".

The U.S. led coalition fighting the group said that there were fewer than 1,000 ISIS militants left in Syria and Iraq Wednesday.

A two-star British general in the coalition's war against ISIS confirmed the "movement of limited numbers of ISIS militants westwards", but said the USA -led coalition won't pursue them because the area is operated by the regime.

The statement follows the US Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL Brett McGurk's announcement made earlier in December, concerning the US military presence at the At-Tanf garrison as well as in other areas of the country. "Right now we have not completed the defeat of ISIS [Daesh], and it would not be the time to leave".

He said that information came from aerial surveillance.

Most of the fighters had been killed or captured over the past three years, the coalition said on Wednesday.

Last week, US and coalition aircraft carried out 23 strikes in eastern Syria against ISIS vehicles, fighting positions and other targets, Gedney said.

"Up until today, we had an estimate of less than 3,000", Dillon said Thursday.

"I would say that we've had a very successful 2017 in the military campaign", Gedney said.

The following excerpt from the book Zacchea co-authored with - - illustrates the cultural complexities that Zacchea encountered then, and which lie ahead for Americans serving in Iraq and Syria now, and in the future.

"As soon as we can, we will move troops out of theater", he said, but there was no timetable for withdrawals.

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