Coalition Forces in Syria Operating Against ISIS Sleeper Cells

(Military Times) Diana Stancy Correll - The U.S.-led coalition countering ISIS aided 1,000 Syrian Democratic Force soldiers in clearing out ISIS from the Syrian village of Abu Naytl on June 18 after jihadi fighters intimidated community leaders and infiltrated the village. Coalition forces have conducted more than 50 operations against ISIS sleeper cells in Syria since the loss of the "caliphate" on March 23. Lt.-Gen. Paul LaCamera, the coalition forces commanding general, said in March: "Make no mistake, Daesh [ISIS] is preserving their force. They have made calculated decisions to preserve what is left of their dwindling personnel and capabilities by taking their chances in camps for internally displaced persons and going to ground in remote areas. They are waiting for the right time to reemerge."

2019-07-04 00:00:00

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