Islamic State group vows to escalate fight against Syrian Kurds, US-led coalition

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Thursday 15 August 2019 | 4:58 PM Damascus Time

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  • Islamic State group vows to escalate fight against Syrian Kurds, US-led coalition

    BALADI NEWS

    The Islamic State (ISIS) group vowed to intensify its fight against the US-led coalition and Kurds in eastern Syria in a video posted on Sunday on its Telegram channel.

    "The fire of the battle between us and them has been reignited and will intensify," the militant group said, addressing what it called "soldiers of Islam" and residents of the “caliphate”, AFP reported.

    ISIS took swathes of oil-rich land in Iraq and Syria in a lightning 2014 offensive.

    The militants lost the last shred of their self-declared "caliphate" in late March when Syria's Kurds took the village of Baghhouz in Deir Ezzor province with support from coalition air strikes.

    Still, ISIS retains sleeper cells and has orchestrated a series of car bomb and arson attacks in eastern and northeastern Syria since its territorial defeat.

    In Sunday's video - the second since the fall of Baghouz - ISIS accused coalition countries of having entrapped its local adversaries, including the Kurds.

    "They have been thrown into the flames of a fierce war that will leave them without tail or head," ISIS said.

    The video includes decapitations and the shooting to death at close range of people presented as kidnapped Kurdish fighters.

    Source: Middle East Eye.

     

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