Russian General Claims US Retraining ISIS Soldiers To Overtake Syria

Russia to eliminate Jabhat al Nusra next year

The remnants of ISIS forces in Syria have been moving through areas nominally in the control of the Russian-backed regime with "impunity" from attack as they search for a safe haven, a coalition commander charged Wednesday.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's military and other global forces fighting Daesh in Syria and Iraq have cut the terrorist group's numbers to less than 1,000 militants.

In 2017, forces retook the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of ISIS.

Reuters reported Wednesday that USA officials have said the Tanf facility is a temporary base being used to train partner forces to fight against, not with, the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. 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.

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.

"Thus, during the battle for Deir ez-Zor, for other settlements in the Euphrates River valley, the use of auto bombs have reached nearly a mass scale", Gerasimov said.




"We took timely measures...they have suffered a defeat, these forces were destroyed".

"We say that the location of the United States base is contrary to common sense, especially now, when Syrian territory has been liberated from ISIL formations".

The U.S. has faced similar, inaccurate accusations like this from Russian Federation in the past. "Our pursuit of these terrorists is as tenacious and determined as ever", he said.

When asked whether the coalition will target the militants in areas controlled by the Syrian regime, Gedney said they did not plan to.

The coalition estimates that fewer than 1,000 ISIS fighters remain in Iraq and Syria.

In addition to helping train Iraqi troops and law enforcement to provide for their own security and keep ISIS at bay, the unit is supporting efforts to root out remaining ISIS cells and secure the Iraq-Syria border to prevent the flow of militants, Dillon said.

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