Vladimir Voronkov, the United Nations counterterrorism official, announced that it is estimated that more than 10,000 ISIS fighters are still active in Syria and Iraq two years after the group’s defeat, and that their attacks have increased significantly this year.
The ISIS fighters move freely in small cells between the two countries.
Voronkov emphasized that “ISIS” had regrouped and increased its activities not only in conflict areas such as Iraq and Syria, but also in some regional branches.
The UN official said that “opportunistic propaganda efforts” by “ISIS” could fuel the continuing trend of attacks by individuals and small groups.
He added, “It is unclear how Covid-19 affects ISIS’s recruitment and fundraising efforts, or whether there has been a change in the strategic direction under the leadership of its new leader, Amir Muhammad Saeed Abdul Rahman al Mawla, after his predecessor, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was killed during An American military operation, in Syria, in 2019.
It is noteworthy that the US special envoy to Syria, James Jeffrey, and at the beginning of the talks of the Syrian Constitutional Committee in Geneva, suggested that ISIS would stand behind the Arabi gas pipeline bombings, which took place at dawn on Monday and cut off electricity to all of Syria for several hours.