An upcoming report from the Pentagon’s inspector general stated that the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group would be reclaiming their lost territory in Syria within months of US pulling out their troops from Syria. It would be possible as there won’t be any form of military pressure on them. A senior US defense official made this statement on the report which would be handed over to Pentagon officials and legislators on 1st February and the full report would be disclosed to public on 4th February.
The inspector general’s office publishes quarterly reports about the headway of the anti-ISIS campaign in Iraq and Syria, labeled as Operation Inherent Resolve. The previous quarterly report was made public in November, made a heading when it anticipated that between 20,000 and 30,000 ISIS fighters were still in Iraq and Syria.
The same report mentioned that ISIS had lost all of its territory it had captured in Iraq and t 1 percent of the territory it once used to possess in Syria. However, it added that U.S. military officials and United Nations stated that rebels had gone undercover and were conducting a constructive clandestine rebellion in both nations.
Another senior US defense official stated that thousands of ISIS fighters who are still in Syria might start to use guerrilla-type techniques after losing the remaining ground which was under their control. They might even reclaim some of the lost territory if they are not subjected to pressure.
Earlier President Trump declared plans for a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria way back in December, claiming that ISIS had been crushed. The proclamation provoked the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
The measure cautions that Islamic rebels still pose a great threat to the U.S., pointing that an abrupt pull out of American forces from many nations could grant terrorists to reorganize thwart critical regions and lead to vacuums that could be filled again by Iran or Russia.