Defense, Intelligence Officials Warn Against Underestimating Islamic State

Voice of America News reports: “Despite suffering what appear to be debilitating defeats on the ground in Iraq and parts of Syria, the Islamic State terror group is far from dead, according to military and intelligence officials from several countries that have long been tracking the threat.

Even on the ground in Iraq and parts of Syria, where anti-IS coalition officials believe the terror group’s fighting force, which once numbered in the tens of thousands, is down to less than 1,000 militants, top military officials remain wary.

‘The war is not over,’ U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon Friday. ‘The hunting down of these guys is not over.’…”

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