Islamic State Resilient as Ever in Iraq, Syria

Voice of America News reports: “Intelligence agencies studying the fate of the Islamic State in Iraq fear the terror group is not going anywhere, even as U.S. combat forces in the country prepare to ’recede deep into the background’ and leave the brunt of the work to Iraqi forces.

The assessment is one of the key findings in a report released by the United Nation’s sanctions monitoring team, which warns that despite setbacks, IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL, is poised to be a problem for some time to come in Iraq and in neighboring Syria, as well.

‘The group has evolved into an entrenched insurgency, exploiting weaknesses in local security to find safe havens and targeting forces engaged in counter-ISIL operations,’ according to the report released Friday, which was based on member state intelligence…”

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