December 5, 2017 / 5:03 PM / 9 months ago

US-Oberst - Nicht einmal mehr 3000 IS-Kämpfer in Syrien und Irak

Bagdad (Reuters) - In Syrien und im Irak halten sich nach Einschätzung des US-Militärs nicht einmal mehr 3000 Kämpfer der radikalislamischen IS-Miliz auf.

People walk in front of the remains of the University of Mosul, which was burned and destroyed during a battle with Islamic State militants, in Mosul, Iraq, April 10, 2017. Marko Djurica: "On April 10, a Reuters team entered eastern Mosul to work on a story about the the city's destroyed university, once a centre for education in northern Iraq. On arrival, I was struck first by the huge size of the campus, then by the scale of destruction. At least 10 large buildings and some smaller ones had been more or less reduced to rubble. The entrance was guarded by Iraqi soldiers, cleaning their guns and drinking tea. I saw people trying to carry furniture and equipment out from what was once the chemistry department in a burnt-out building. It turned out these men were professors who had taught there and had now volunteered to save whatever could be salvaged. As I walked around taking pictures I met more teachers trying to clean up or just gloomily contemplating the devastation. It was emotional for them as they knew there was no chance the university would be the same again anytime soon." REUTERS/Marko Djurica/File photo SEARCH "POY IS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "REUTERS POY" FOR ALL BEST OF 2017 PACKAGES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

“Sie stellen immer noch eine Bedrohung dar, aber wir werden unsere Partner-Streitkräfte weiter unterstützen, um sie zu besiegen”, teilte der Sprecher der von den USA angeführten Anti-IS-Militärallianz, US-Oberst Ryan Dillon, am Dienstag via Twitter mit.

Der sogenannte Islamische Staat (IS) musste in den vergangenen Monaten mehrere schwere Niederlagen einstecken. Sein im Irak und in Syrien ausgerufenes Kalifat ist faktisch zusammengebrochen.

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