ISIS Fighters Move With 'Impunity' in Syrian Regime Territory

December 27 2017 12:01am The Times Beating a Retreat British citizens who fought for Islamic State must now be located and prosecuted

According to Gerasimov, the main forces of the ISIS fled to Libya and southwestern Asia after being defeated in Syria. "When the control [of the Syrian forces] loosened, as many as 350 militants left the area", Gerasimov said, noting that the nearby town of Al-Qaryatayn was under threat of being captured by the militants had the Russian forces not repelled the offensive.

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

With the collapse of the ISIS caliphate in 2017, what's left of the terrorist group in Iraq and Syria is on the run, with some fighters moving west toward Damascus into Syrian regime-controlled territory and away from where the US -led coalition will work to defeat them.

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An effort to eliminate members of the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group (outlawed in Russia) in Syria will be completed in 2018, the chief of the Russian General Staff, Army Gen. Valery Gerasimov, said on Wednesday, APA reports quoting TASS.

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.

The US-led coalition said ISIS initiated a complex attack on Saturday at the At Tanf Garrison on the Syrian-Jordanian border using a vehicle-borne IED, and 20-30 fighters followed with a ground assault and suicide vests.

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

Washington has rejected similar Russian allegations in the past, saying US forces remain committed to killing off the Islamic State and denying it safe havens.

Anti-ISIS coalition troops and allied Syrian opposition forces have repelled an attack by the terrorist group on a joint base in southern Syria, according to the coalition. "Our pursuit of these terrorists is as tenacious and determined as ever", he said. The coalition estimates only about 1,000 ISIS fighters remain in that area. He said the USA military's longer-term objective would be to prevent the return of an "ISIS 2.0". President Trump went even further, saying "we've won" in Syria and Iraq.

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