Daesh Forces Dwindling By the Day in Syria, Iraq

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US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has said the US military will fight ISIS in Syria "as long as they want to fight".

Chief of the Russian General Staff Valery Gerasimov described United States explanations about its base in southern Syria's At-Tanf as "unintelligible", raising more questions over the presence of the base in an area that is now liberated by terrorists.

USA officials have said in the past that the Syrian government forces are too few, too poor and too weak to fight ISIS.

"From our point of view, it seems to us that ISIS are moving through regime areas with impunity" in eastern Syria while apparently fleeing to the west in an effort to reach territory controlled by other rebel groups fighting the regime of Syrian President Hafez al-Assad, British Army Maj. Russian Federation has backed al-Assad but has partially withdrawn its troops out of the country.

In an interview with the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily, Gerasimov said that next year's developments in Syria will include "the completion of eliminating militants from Jabhat al-Nusra and its affiliates".

The U.S. has routinely denied training ISIS or avoiding fighting the militant group.

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In one of his latest statements, Gerasimov already explained that former ISIL terrorists have formed the so-called New Syrian Army, whose task is to destabilize the situation in the country.

Gedney, as well as US military leadership, have long expressed doubt in the regime's desire and ability to fight ISIS. The U.S. had focused its forces in Syria on destroying ISIS since the group came to prominence in 2014.

The general also said the USA has been using a refugee camp in northeast Syria, outside the town of Al-Shaddadah in Al-Hasakah province, as a training camp for the remnants of the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorist group, including those evacuated from Raqqa, and other militants.

The United States has led an worldwide coalition conducting air strikes against Islamic State since 2014 when the group swept across a third of Iraq.

Iraq declared victory against ISIS earlier this month.

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