ISIS is building a new “caliphate” in northwestern Syria

By Julian Ropcke and Mohammad Rabie, BILD

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The reality is different. ISIS terrorists are on the rise in north-western Syria. But how could this happen?

In October and November, troops of the Syrian regime advanced against the terrorist militia in the east of the country. Many expected a month-long battle for the last ISIS stronghold Deir Essor and the adjacent smaller cities – similar to the long and bloody fight of Americans and Kurds against ISIS in Rakka. But the battle was over.

Syria expert Kyle Orton of the British think tank Henry Jackson Society on BILD: “Assad allowed ISIS to cross hundreds of kilometers of regime-held territory, from Deir Essor to Idlib”

Read more on BILD [in German]

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