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Syria, the Islamic State expands its influence on the border with Iraq

The Islamic State expands its influence on the border with Iraq. The pro-ISIS militiamen take advantage of the growing tensions with Turkey to increase attacks and recruitments. Baghdad is also worried

The Islamic State in Syria takes advantage of the tensions due to the hypothetical new Turkish offensive in the Middle Eastern country to extend its influence on the border with Iraq. The area has seen an increase in jihadist attacks and indoctrination and recruitment activities, especially among young people. Furthermore, the militiamen have resumed dictating their laws, punishing anyone who does not comply. Not surprisingly, the United States announced on July 12 that it had killed in a raid in Jindayris one of the five IS leaders of the quadrant: Maher al-Agal. The commander was, as a CENTCOM statement reports, “responsible for aggressively pursuing the development of ISIS networks outside of Iraq and Syria”. Baghdad is also concerned about this escalation and, as a result, it has stepped up military operations against IS in the western provinces of Anbar and Nineveh.

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