ISIS continues to pose a significant threat in Iraq and Syria, despite claims from President Donald Trump that the terror group has been defeated.
Masrour Barzani, the prime minister of Iraqi Kurdistan, recently told the Atlantic, “ISIS is still very much intact.”
Barzani said ISIS still has as many as 20,000 fighters in the region, and a recent UN report said the group has $100 million in reserves.
And a recent report from the Pentagon’s inspector general said that the death of ISIS’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has done little to disrupt the terror group’s command structure or operations.
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Tensions between the US and Iran could benefit ISIS amid growing signs the terror group still poses a significant threat in the Middle East despite the death of its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and the loss of its self-declared caliphate.
In the past, President Donald Trump has prematurely declared ISIS was defeated, which in December led him to be publicly called out to his face by French President Emmanuel Macron.
The reality is that ISIS currently has more fighters than it did when it founded its caliphate in 2014, as well as million …read more
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