Islamic State fighters have additionally repeatedly struck in and across the jap Syrian city of Hajin, the place an American-backed Kurdish militia has been battling during the last sliver of territory managed by the extremists.
“All I know is that I.S. attacks, like, 3,727,638 times a day,” Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the militia referred to as the Syrian Democratic Forces, mentioned sarcastically on Wednesday, talking by means of an interpreter.
The variety of Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria is estimated at 20,000 to 30,000, in line with current studies by the Pentagon, the United Nations and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think-tank based mostly in Washington.
The extremist group has repeatedly boasted in on-line messages that the navy withdrawal from Syria is proof that it has outlasted the Americans.
American navy officers have warned that there was additionally a surge in violent assaults in Iraq in 2011 as United States troops had been withdrawing from that battle. Wednesday’s bombing in Syria, the officers mentioned, could possibly be considered as a sign from the Islamic State that, opposite to Mr. Trump’s assertions that the caliphate has been destroyed, it stays a menace.
Hassan Hassan, an analyst on the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy and an creator of a e book in regards to the Islamic State, mentioned the assault in Manbij confirmed that the extremists may nonetheless strike in the center of an space that has lengthy been liberated from its management — and has been the recipient of in depth American help.
“The U.S. has focused on the city so much and it still has ISIS cells,” he mentioned. “That should be a warning to everyone, that they should build on what the U.S. has been doing rather than just cut and run, leaving the city exposed to an ISIS recovery.”