BEIRUT, Lebanon – A week after Islamic State fighters attacked a prison in northeastern Syria, where they held out despite a heavy onslaught by US-backed Kurdish militias, The terrorist organization has published its version of what happened.
In its official journal, it mocked how many times in its history its enemies had declared the Islamic State defeated. Its surprise attack on the prison, it crows, has its enemies “screaming in frustration: ‘They’re back again! “
That description is not entirely wrong.
The battle for the prison, in the city of Hasaka, killed hundreds, attract US military and give a stark reminder that three years later the fall of the so-called caliphate of the Islamic State, experts say the group’s ability to sow chaotic violence remains. On Saturday, about 60 ISIS fighters still controls part of the prison.
In Iraq, ISIS recently killed 10 soldiers and an officer at an army post and beheaded a police officer on camera. In Syria, it has assassinated scores of local leaders and blackmailed businesses to finance its operations. In Afghanistan, the withdrawal of US troops in August forced the force to fight the Taliban, often with disastrous consequences for civilians caught in the middle.
The Islamic State, which once controlled territory the size of Britain stretching across the Syria-Iraq border, is no longer as powerful as it once was, but experts say it can wait until its time conditions in unstable countries where it thrives. New opportunities to expand.
“There is no end game for the United States in Syria or Iraq, and prison is just one example of one,” said Craig Whiteside, an associate professor at the US Naval War College who studies the group. this failure to work towards a lasting solution. “ISIS is really just a matter of time before another opportunity presents itself. All they have to do is hang on until then.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/03/world/the-islamic-state-has-shown-in-that-it-can-still-pull-off-military-operations.html The Islamic State has shown that it can still halt military operations.