The Islamic State (ISIS) is actively preparing, financing and training cells to carry out attacks in Syria and Iraq, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) spokesman Farhad Shami said on Wednesday.
ISIS, along with allied Syrian rebel groups, take advantage of free mobility in the Syrian Desert and the regions controlled by Turkey, said Shami. He stressed that the Islamist group are staging on-going resurgence efforts which must be urgently addressed.
The SDF, supported by the US-led global coalition against ISIS, captured 22 militants and eliminated one during 12 anti-ISIS operations conducted across multiple regions in May.
Meanwhile, the US Central Command (CENTCOM) announced that 38 anti-ISIS operations were conducted in Iraq and Syria during the month of May, resulting in the elimination of eight militants and the detention of over 30 affiliates.
However, both the SDF and CENTCOM have acknowledged that these operations alone are insufficient to fully counter the ISIS threat.
Kurdish forces maintain control over detention facilities housing tens of thousands of veteran ISIS fighters and have stressed the need for sustained international cooperation in addressing the ISIS threat. Collaborative efforts with the US-led coalition and the Counter-Terrorism Group (CTG) of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq’s Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) have been instrumental in countering the fundamentalist group.
Shami called upon the international community to effectively address the challenges posed by ISIS prisons and camps in northeastern Syria, urging support in countering ISIS.