Washington D.C, Dec 28(ANI): The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is mocking at the coalition against it. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria finds itself under growing pressure on several fronts, facing battlefield setbacks in both countries.
Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed caliph of the Islamic State, has warned of difficult times ahead, saying ‘the whole world’ is united against the Islamic State.
The problems for ISIS are multiplying as Iraqi security forces are on the verge of clearing the center of Ramadi, the largest city in Anbar province which the terror group seized in May.
Iraqi military officials report that ISIS has abandoned government buildings it occupied in the heart of the city.
ISIS claimed that ‘conspiring’ against them has grown since the bomb attack on the Russian Metrojet airliner and the terror attacks in Paris, with the Russian air campaign shifting to include ISIS targets and France stepping up airstrikes on Raqqa reports CNN.
In northern Iraq, ISIS is also struggling to keep open supply lines into Mosul, after the capture by Kurdish Peshmerga in November whereas in Syria, the US backed Kurdish-led SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) threatens to further erode ‘ISIS’ access to the Turkish border through the town of Manbij.
Further east, ISIS’ oil fields and refining capacity around Deir ez-Zor have been severely damaged by months of airstrikes, reducing its revenues and fuel supplies.(ANI)