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US: Few hundred Daesh fighters left in Syria fight

Local | 2019-03-15 13:30:00
US: Few hundred Daesh fighters left in Syria fight
Daesh (ISIS) is down to its last few hundred fighters and less than a square kilometer of land in a battle for its last Syrian stronghold, although it may have 15,000-20,000 adherents in Syria and Iraq, U.S. envoy James Jeffrey said on Friday.

"We are just about finished with the campaign along the Euphrates to defeat the last territorial holdings of the Caliphate. They're down to a few hundred fighters and less than a square kilometer of land," said Jeffrey, the U.S. Special Representative for Syria Engagement and Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS.

He said the struggle to defeat Daesh's ideology would go on and there was no timetable for a U.S. withdrawal. Reuters

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