The suicide bomber in Syria last week in a restaurant that is popularly popular among US officials has focused on the ongoing threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), experts said.
The city of northern Syria, where the bombing happened, is considered a successful stabilization story after being rebuilt in 2016 by the IIS. In July, US Senators toured the area without armor.
But the bang in the bustling center of Manby broke this perception. at a time when President Tramp Donald John Trumps Sienad shows preview: Exclusion talks continue after the White House immigration proposal Rove warns the Senate PP: Do not focus only on the base. Trump and got Jeb! "MORE advertises IDI's decimation and plans to withdraw US troops from Syria.
"I do not think anyone who knows anything about Syria thinks – ISIS has been destroyed," said Stephen Biddle, a senior defense policy associate at the Foreign Affairs Council. "And if they are not destroyed, then they will be able to take attacks from time to time and kill people, including Americans."
Four Americans – two American soldiers, a civilian officer of the Defense Intelligence Agency and an American military contractor – killed in a suicide bombing. SSIS took credit for the attack that was the deadliest for Americans in Syria since the US troops were deployed in 2015.
The attack came approximately a month after Trump announced the withdrawal of all 2,000 US troops from Syria. During the announcement, Trump said ISIS was "defeated."
Deputies opposed to the withdrawal have benefited from the recent attack to renew their calls for Trump to reverse the course, while Trump's supporters for Syria's decision have said why the US forces have to leave
Hours after the attack, Vice President Penns said, "Isis is defeated," although in a statement later that day he said, "We have broken the caliph of Isis and destroyed his abilities." Biddle criticizes the use of words as defeat and victory, saying that they are meant to "hide." This is because, while military doctrine defines defeat as turning the enemy into an impossibility to achieve its goal, it is not a colloquial definition. Trump uses this language in a way that is deliberately meant to suggest that he has destroyed them, "said Biddle. "If the military agree, it is because they know what the doctrinal definition is. Nobody thinks that ISIS has been destroyed. Or it will even be in any believable period of time. "
A statement from the Pentagon on Friday confirms that" ISIS continues to be a threat ". "We will continue to hit the wreckage of ISIS, but it is difficult to destroy all the remaining networks and ensure its lasting defeat."
The administration and military officials claim that about 99% of the physical territory once detained by ISIS has been returned by the US and US forces, and their local counterparties continue to fight Isis in its remaining pockets in the the valley of the middle river Euphrates. Between December 30 and January 12, US forces held 575 strikes in Syria, according to a one-time summary of the strikes.
The Pentagon's latest estimate of the number of other Isis fighters in Syria is between 13,100 and 14,500, including 4,000 6,000 in the US military operation area, according to the November Inspector General's report.
On Friday, former Trump's special envoy to the Isis coalition accused Trump of giving a new life to Isis by announcing a withdrawal.
The irony is that the victory over the Islamic state is what the president has said from the outset, it was his goal, "Brett McGrwer, who resigned after Trump's announcement, wrote in a comment on the Washington Post. "In 2016 he promised to" kill ISIS. "His recent choice, unfortunately, already gives the Islamic State – and other American opponents – a new life."
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Biddle said that the attack of IDE is most likely a mix of Trump's reaction and a view of an appropriate target in Manzhi. want to be seen in the world as losers, whose defeat allowed the US to go home for a defeated parade, "he said.
Beyond the physical remnants, the experts warn about preserving the ideology of ISIS.
"It is possible for soldiers to destroy an organization or drive a car. really deep underground, "said Robert Ford, a former US ambassador to Syria. "But it is really hard for soldiers to destroy a cause."
From Ford's point of view, this is an argument for withdrawal. He said that Americans can not solve the major problems that are pushing extremists.
Ford called Manby the "perfect example" of the difficulty of destroying the cause, saying that the attack "should show us the inability of US forces to stop any IDI recruitment operation. "For two and a half years, it was like a demonstration of stabilization projects," he said. "The markets are open and the schools are open and there is a local administration that the Americans have helped the Syrian Kurds to impose on the city. And guess what? Still there. They do not control it as they did before, but they are still there. The reason is still there.