ISIS Will Not Disappear

(Jerusalem Post) Brig.-Gen. (res.) Eli Ben Meir - Idlib province in northwestern Syria is the last important area still under Syrian rebel control. A few thousand terrorists belonging to Jabhat al-Nusra, a local Salafist group that is the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda, still remain. Nevertheless, the presence of the Islamic State has almost completely disappeared from the Idlib area. Now, important questions deserve our attention. What did ISIS do with all the quality weapons it had at its disposal, including chemical, SAM, and SSM missiles? Above all, did ISIS losing most of the territory under its control in Syria and Iraq signify that it will cease to exist? In my humble opinion, ISIS is a terrorist organization that operates globally, and we should expect to see more terrorist attacks in different locations around the world. Many attacks will continue to take place in Europe, since ISIS already has well-established cells there, and a large number of refugees are already living there. We should also expect ISIS attacks in Sunni Arab countries - Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states, Jordan, Turkey and Egypt. These are countries where ISIS has already established the infrastructure to carry out hostile terrorist activity. The writer is a former head of the IDF Military Intelligence Research Division.

2019-02-21 00:00:00

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