IS Will Claim Victory over US in Syria after Forces’ Withdrawal: Pentagon

The jihadist group of Islamic State (IS) is likely to regain territory in Syria once again and claim victory over the US due to the President Donald Trump’s decision of withdrawing the forces from Syria, the Pentagon argued in a new report on Monday.

“ISIS may conduct opportunistic attacks on US personnel as they withdraw but will leverage the event as a ‘victory’ in its media,” CNN quoted the report which had cited information obtained from US Central Command, which oversees US military operations in the region.

The report further pointed that “ISIS remains an active insurgent group in both Iraq and Syria.”

“ISIS is regenerating key functions and capabilities more quickly in Iraq than in Syria, but absent sustained [counterterrorism] pressure, ISIS could likely resurge in Syria within six to twelve months and regain limited territory.”

Trump announced in December that he would pull the US troops out of Syria as he believes that the war against the militant group of IS has ended and that Washington’s mission in Syria was accomplished. Source