The UN noted an increase in the activity of militants in Iraq and Syria
On August 24, during a UN meeting, the head of the counterterrorism bureau said, “The organization estimates that over 10,000 Islamic State militants continue to operate in Iraq and Syria, and the number of attacks has increased significantly this year.” Also, the activity of militants in the “white desert” in central Syria has increased over the past month after the amnesty carried out by the US-controlled “administration of the northeast SAR.”
Over the past month, in the so-called white desert in the central part of the Syrian Arab Republic, there has been a significant increase in the activity of gangs consisting of former ISIS members.
The militants are destabilizing the situation in the region by sabotaging transport communications and oil and gas facilities in Syria, as well as by attacking patrols and posts of the Syrian army. Scattered Islamic State gangs in the region are replenished with militants who have undergone special training in the US-occupied territories of the Al-Tanf zone and the Syrian Trans-Euphrates.
By their actions, the terrorists disrupt the process of socio-economic reconstruction of Syria and the establishment of relations between local Arab tribes and Damascus. This situation is beneficial primarily to Washington and allows it to justify the presence of its soldiers in the east of the SAR.
With the connivance of the United States, the Islamic State troops regrouped, and their activity increased not only in conflict zones such as Iraq and Syria, but also in some regional branches. In Europe, the main threat comes from “internal terrorist radicalization over the Internet,” which has led to three ISIS-inspired attacks, one in France and two in the United Kingdom.
Measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19, such as blocking and restricting movement, have reduced the risk of terrorist attacks in many countries. However, there is a continuing trend towards attacks from individuals or small groups. The UN is also concerned about radicalization and failed prison rehabilitation, as well as the imminent release of dangerous prisoners with terrorist backgrounds or connections.
In turn, US Ambassador Kelly Kraft said that the United States shares the UN’s concerns and expressed readiness to work together to rule out the creation of ISIS 2.0.
Today it is clear that the terrorists do not intend to abandon their plans to revive the “caliphate”. ISIS continues to build up its combat capabilities and strives to expand the area and scope of terrorist attacks. Now it has completely transformed into a network structure with a high degree of autonomy of branches and “sleeping cells” in various countries and regions of the world. “ The global threat from ISIS is likely to intensify if the international community fails to respond to this challenge.