Daesh is Resurgent, Pentagon Said; Israel to Join US-led Mission in Gulf
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on August 7 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Pentagon says Daesh is resurgent after withdrawal of US troops
Daesh is allegedly resurgent in Syria less than five months after US President Donald Trump announced that the group was defeated, according to a new report released yesterday by the Pentagon, MEMO reported.
“Despite losing its territorial ‘caliphate’, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria [Daesh] solidified its insurgent capabilities in Iraq and was resurging in Syria,” the report claims. It was written by the lead inspector general for Operation Inherent Resolve, which covers the period between 1 April and 30 June this year.
In a message attached to the report, the principal deputy inspector general, Glenn Fine, explains that, “The reduction of US forces has decreased the support available for Syrian partner forces at a time when their forces need more training and equipping to respond to the [Daesh] resurgence.”
Israel to join US-led mission in Gulf
Israel will join the US-led mission to secure shipping lanes in the Strait of Hormuz, a move likely to provoke Iranian outrage, MEMO reported.
The revelation was disclosed yesterday by Israel’s Foreign Minister, Yisrael Katz, during a session of the Israeli Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee, the vast majority of which was held behind closed doors. The “rare meeting” was held with the Knesset in recess ahead of Israel’s general election, which is slated for 17 September.
Katz told the committee that he had instructed Israel’s Foreign Ministry to work to include Tel Aviv in the US-led mission after a recent visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
There Katz met with Emirati officials to discuss developing ties between Israel and the UAE in technology, energy, agriculture and water management, as well as “the need to deal with the threat of a nuclear Iran”. It was against this backdrop that the foreign minister claimed to have discussed Israel’s joining of the operation with an unnamed senior Emirati official.
It is not yet clear whether Israel will send naval vessels to take part in the US-led mission – dubbed “Operation Sentinel” – or whether it will assist by providing intelligence, as suggested by a report from Israel’s public broadcaster Kan last month.
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