first published on March 28, 2019 by Sean
Despite the recent loss of its final enclave in eastern Syria, ISIS raids from their few remaining desert hideouts in Iraq and Syria remain a persistent threat for Kurdish, Syrian, and Iraqi forces. A recent surge in militant IED and hit-and-run attacks throughout the region interrupt supply lines and further fuel the tensions between rival factions.
The remnants of the so-called Islamic State have had a slight resurgence in early 2019 – stepping up hit-and-run attacks and releasing propaganda footage of multiple incidents. After the fall of Mosul in Iraq, quickly followed by Raqqa in Syria in 2017, the majority of ISIS controlled territory was finally liberated by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) just this past month. However, this is far from the end of the ISIS threat as they have begun stepping up insurgency style attacks throughout the region and are aided by their affiliates abroad. ISIS, with a few exceptions, has been largely driven into several desert enclaves in eastern Syria and western Iraq from which they continue to disrupt peace in the region.
Note: The audio has been muted due to the incessant and annoying nasheed and jihadi sermonizing.