In Iraq and Syria remains about 1 thousand fighters of the «Islamic state». About it in the comments Military.com said the representative of the U.S. Department of defense Ryan Dillon.
According to him, earlier the number of ISIS terrorists in the region was estimated at 3 thousand.
Dillon noted that the pace of offensive operations of coalition against «Islamic state» has declined with the reduction in the number of militants.
The military conflict in Syria lasts since 2011. The fighting involved government forces, the opposition, radical Islamists, Kurds and the militants of the «Islamic state».
In September 2014 operation against ISIS began, the international coalition led by the United States. In September 2015 to the conflict on the side of the government troops joined Russia. In March 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the withdrawal of the main Russian forces from the country, but the aviation group of the Russian Federation continued to strike blows to positions of forces opposing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
In early December, Moscow announced the liberation of Syria from ISIS militants, and Russian President ordered the withdrawal of troops from Syria.
13 December the US President, Donald trump declared victory over ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
22 December, Russian defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Putin’s order is made, and «invaluable combat experience in Syria» got more than 48 thousand Russian military.
Despite this, the high representative of the European Union for foreign Affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini stressed that the military conflict in Syria cannot be considered complete.
The White house said that the United States is not planning to withdraw its troops from Syria.
The Pentagon said that in Syria and Iraq remains about 1 thousand ISIS militants 27.12.2017