UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Several officials and experts say the Islamic State has not been defeated at all and that returning under this or another name is only a matter of time.
Contrary to what President Donald Trump has said that this jihadist organization has been defeated, several reports from think tanks, the United Nations and even the Pentagon believe that he may be deprived of the land on which he is based, but he remains active and has thousands of fighters with millions of dollars in addition to a propaganda network. Still active.
“The Islamic State is still alive and well in Iraq and Syria.”
“It is not permissible to talk about his return to Iraq and Syria,” he said.
It is clear that the members of the organization with the decline and decay of the land they controlled in Syria, dispersed and are moving in secret, benefiting from the poor management of the liberated areas, the partial withdrawal of US forces, and the differences between their enemies.
In a report released on Tuesday, the Pentagon’s inspector general said that “although the organization has lost the land on which it succeeded, it has reinforced its capabilities to launch attacks in Iraq and has regained its activity in Syria this season.”
The ISIS “has succeeded in reorganizing its operations” in these two countries, especially as local forces there “remain unable to remain on high alert for a long time and to ensure that the areas they have controlled are guarded,” the Pentagon report said.
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In a report dated mid-July, the Security Council also said the Islamic State “is adapting to the new reality and working to create conditions for the return of its activities in its former strongholds in Syria and Iraq.”
“This process is making more progress in Iraq, where the leader of the organization, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and the majority of its leaders are staying,” UN experts said in their report.
There are also areas in Iraq and Syria that are not well controlled by the authorities, and where jihadist cells are moving, the report added. The organization’s sleeper cells resort to assassinations, bombings, ambushes and the imposition of sisters.
The organization also burned agricultural crops in Syria this summer to strike and weaken local authorities in these areas and highlight its inability to rebuild war-ravaged areas.
The RAND Analysis Center released a report last week entitled “Returning and expanding” in an amendment to the Islamic State’s well-known slogan “lingering and expanding.”
According to experts at the RAND Center, which focused on studying “the Islamic State’s finances after the caliphate and the opportunities available to it,” the organization still has more than 400 million dollars hidden in various forms in Syria, Iraq and even in neighboring countries.
“If the Islamic State decides to return, and this is what we believe will happen, it will resort to useful methods such as distributing its financial balance to projects capable of securing fixed revenues,” it said.
“The group has been considered defeated, but remains able to finance itself through criminal activities such as imposition of sisters, kidnappings for ransom, thefts and smuggling to secure the necessary income.”
In a video released Sunday by the group, the group vowed to “intensify the fighting” against the US-led coalition and the Kurds.
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