SDF: IS Intensifies Attacks Amid US Pullout

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said that the Islamic State (IS) insurgents have intensified their offensives against the Kurdish-led fighters after Washington’s announcement of withdrawing the US troops from Syria.

“The Daesh militants have seized Washington’s decision of withdrawing the US forces from Syria as an opportunity to intensify their attacks on our [SDF] forces,” Kino Gabrell, a spokesperson for the SDF, said in a statement, using an Arabic acronym for IS.

US President Donald Trump declared last Wednesday that he believes that the IS militant group has been defeated in Syria and that he will bring his country’s troops back home.

The surprising decision was criticized by many allies, including France, while the SDF called it a “stab in the back.” Source