PanARMENIAN.Net - Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq are beginning to withdraw in great numbers from Syria and Iraq to Egypt and other North African countries following a series of major defeats throughout the Levant which has seen them lose their core territorial base, Al-Masdar News reports. Over the last several days, both Turkish and Kurdish media outlets and social media sources have begun reporting that Islamic State militants are making their way across Syria with the aim of reaching North Africa. Naturally, Turkish and Kurdish media blame each other for such a development. Whilst there can be no doubt that ISIS fighters are being covertly assisted by outside powers and/ or other armed groups in Syria, who is responsible for this is no longer relevant at this point. The reports coincide with an alleged statement by Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi from about one week ago whereby he called on his fighters to gather in southern Libya and prepare to attack countries throughout North Africa in order to make up for Islamic State territorial losses in the Levant.
Source: The North Africa Journal December 06, 2017 12:45 UTC