The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of resistance militia, has warned Islamic State’s switch to guerrilla warfare highlights the threat the jihadi terrorists will pose even when they are finally defeated. American supported SDF soldiers are on the brink of vanquishing ISIS who are estimated to have just a few hundred fighters left in the village of Baghouz. The group is holding 2,000 civilians hostage in the eastern Syrian outpost and have resorted to intensifying attacks away from the frontline the SDF has said.
Mustafa Bali, head of the SDF’s media office, said ISIS launched two such guerrilla attacks in the village of Dhiban which lies 56 miles north of their Baghouz garrison.
Mr Bali explained the first attack was an ambush which killed two SDF fighters and a militant while the second failed as the SDF killed three foreign ISIS extremists and two more were captured.
He said: “Sleeper cells are on the move on a daily basis.
“ISIS is working on security operations in an intensive way.
“It is still strong, ending its military presence does not at all mean the elimination of ISIS.”
The SDF are a coalition of Kurdish, Arab, Syrian, Turkmen and Chechen soldiers fighting to rid the Middle East of jihadi tyranny.
Spearheaded by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), the alliance captured ISIS’s key cities of Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq in 2015.
Since then desperate ISIS has been struggling to avoid total capitulation and sensing victory, President Trump has ordered US troops to withdraw from Syria.
The collapse of ISIS was highlighted last week when The Times found British teenager Shamima Begum who fled to join the caliphate at the height of the group’s power in 2015.
However the 19-year-old from Bethnal Green in east London was discovered in a Syrian refugee camp having fled the terrorist organisation.
She refused to apologise for ISIS’s murderous terrorism and in a BBC interview attempted to justify the sickening Manchester bombing which killed 22 people, mostly children.