17 Apr '18, 6pm

Coalition Ramps Up Strikes Amid Resurgence of ISIS Fighters in Syria

Coalition Ramps Up Strikes Amid Resurgence of ISIS Fighters in Syria

White House and Pentagon officials have said that Islamic State fighters have been "on the run" for some months now. But military commanders on the ground are seeing new pockets of movement in a handful of areas in Syria, which has led to an uptick in coalition airstrikes, an official said Tuesday. Army Col. Ryan Dillon, spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, said that officials hope to get members of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces to move back from the Afrin region and help push pockets of ISIS fighters away from towns along the Euphrates River Valley. "We have seen ISIS elements coming back and attacking, with success, pro-regime forces," Dillon said during a televised briefing at the Pentagon. To combat the movements, since January, there has been an uptick in strikes, Dillon said. These have been coupled with "obstacles" coalition forces have established i...

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