ISIS retakes last Syrian territory

January 23, 2023 10:48 am9 commentsViews: 71

ISIS has retaken the last enclave of Syrian territory on Monday while the fight continues and it is feared even if the terror group loses the war it does not mean their end.

Head of US Central Command, General Joseph Votel, said they need to put military pressure on ISIS but this will be challenging after the withdrawal of US troops as President Trump announced earlier.

Votel added while the US is planning for the next phase off fight in Syria, but this battle would be challenging as the territory is heavily urbanized and confined space laden with lot of explosive hazards as well as improvised explosives.

He estimates there are currently about 500 to 1,200 ISIS fighters in the territory and many are believed to be foreign fighters who had earlier joined the group but now unable to escape after failing to blend in with the locals.

Meanwhile, detention of foreign fighters is a matter of concern as what will happen to them after Trump withdraws the US troops.

US has made effort to make the countries repatriate their citizens in detention so that burden of detention is eased.

However, difficulty in prosecuting suspected ISIS fighters are keeping the countries reluctant in doing so.

Votel said, “We need the nations where these fighters came from to take responsibility for their people and bring them back and get them into proper prosecution.”

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