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IS is far from over – 10,000 fighters ‘still on the loose in Iraq, Syria’

UN counter-terror chief fears militant group will exploit virus crisis by recruiting a new generation of jihadists

David G Rose

The Islamic State group is reorganising and ramping up its guerrilla-style attacks in Syria and Iraq, the United Nations’ counter-terrorism chief has warned.

More than 10,000 IS fighters remain at large in Iraq and Syria, more than two years after the militant group’s claimed defeat, said Vladimir Voronokov, adding that the crisis unleashed by coronavirus could make it easier to recruit a new generation of jihadists.

“Small cells” of jihadists continue to move freely between the two countries to carry out ambushes, arson and bomb attacks, while the group and its affiliates have also claimed to be behind recent terrorism in Egypt, Libya, Afghanistan, Yemen, Mozambique and West Africa, he said...

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