Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Monday, August 19, 2019

Five months after American-backed forces ousted the Islamic State from its last shard of territory in Syria, the terrorist group is gathering new strength, conducting guerrilla attacks across Iraq and Syria, retooling its financial networks and even targeting a vast new pool of recruits at an allied-run tent camp, American and Iraqi military and intelligence officers said.

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One of the greatest challenges, the official said, was the constant ferrying of American troops to and from Syria in an effort to keep the overall troop presence at the military's official deployment of just under 1,000. Sometimes, the official said, troops are brought into the country for specific missions and then sent out.

"Coupled with a U.S. drawdown, it's setting the conditions for ISIS to retake pockets of territory while coercing local populations," said Colin P. Clarke, a senior fellow at the Soufan Center, a research organization for global security issues and an author of a new study by the RAND Corporation on the Islamic State's financing.

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I wonder what they're doing for funding, selling World Famous Chocolate bars door to door?

#1 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2019-08-19 08:08 PM | Reply

ISIS never left. It was propaganda from the Orange Lard Barge.

#2 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-08-20 08:18 AM | Reply

"I wonder what they're doing for funding, selling World Famous Chocolate bars door to door?"

The Gulf State arabs give them a lot of money.

If you ever noticed, ISIS was always wearing matching uniforms and carrying very modern equipment. That stuff isn't cheap.

Compare that with the Taliban who carry SKS or AK-47s taken off dead adversaries.

ISIS has always enjoyed a lot of support from what we might call the trailer trash arabs, as well as those wealthy Gulf-Staters who can easily afford to part with a few million, just in case they ever need to call in a favor.

#3 | Posted by madbomber at 2019-08-20 03:17 PM | Reply

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