ISIS Will Remain a Threat in 2018, Experts Warn

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Some 400 militants left Al-Shaddadah for Al-Tanf, launching an offensive on the Syrian forces from the eastern bank of Euphrates, after the main ISIS forces were routed there, Gerasimov said.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's military and other worldwide forces fighting Daesh in Syria and Iraq have cut the terrorist group's numbers to less than 1,000 militants.

In recent weeks, ISIS fighters, or their sympathizers, reportedly have mounted small attacks in the southern neighborhoods of Damascus, the Syrian capital.

Russia's top military general is accusing US forces in Syria of setting up a special camp to train former operatives of the Islamic State terror group.

"This is essentially ISIS", Gerasimov said.

While in the regime's areas, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria fighters essentially are immune from attack by the US and its partnered forces, Gedney said.

"We will continue to deconflict with the Russians, but we have got no intention to operate in areas that are now held by the regime", Gedney said.

JeM commander Noor Muhammed killed in encounter
He was arrested in 2003 for being in touch with JeM militants and was sentenced to life by a POTA court in 2011. Chhota Noora was granted 21-days parole in 2015, but he jumped the parole and never returned to jail.

"We took timely measures...they have suffered a defeat, these forces were destroyed".

"Instead of the New Syrian Army, mobile ISIS groups, like a jack in the box, carry out sabotage and terrorist attacks against Syrian troops and civilians from there", he said, noting that while the pretext for the base's creation was "the need to conduct operations against ISIS" no information has been available to this respect during the first six months of its existence.

Russian Federation and the United States have set up a communications channel to reduce the chance of fighting between the two rival campaigns against ISIS. "Our pursuit of these terrorists is as tenacious and determined as ever", he said.

Nevertheless, UK Maj. Gen. Felix Gedney, deputy commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation coalition, said Wednesday that it was too early for the coalition to leave Syria.

The US-led coalition had said on December 5 that there were less than 3,000 fighters remaining.

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"I would say that we've had a very successful 2017 in the military campaign", Gedney said.