U.S. Envoy: ISIS Is Losing in Iraq and Syria, Coalition to Step Up Attacks

Official Brett McGurk, however, refused to put a timeline on when the group will be defeated.

Maher Chmaytelli
Brett McGurk, Obama's envoy to the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS, at a press conference at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, March 5, 2016.
Brett McGurk, Obama's envoy to the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS, at a press conference at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, March 5, 2016.Credit: Reuters
Maher Chmaytelli

REUTERS - Islamic State is losing a battle against forces arraigned against it from many sides in Iraq and Syria and the focus would turn to stabilizing cities seized back from them, the U.S. envoy to a coalition fighting the group said on Saturday.

Addressing a press conference in Baghdad, U.S. official Brett McGurk declined to put a timeline on when the group would be defeated or when Mosul and Raqqa, the main cities under its control in Iraq and Syria respectively, would be retaken.

McGurk met in Baghdad Iraqi officials including Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi who said in December that 2016 would be a year of "final victory" over the group in Iraq.

"Daesh is feeling pressure now from all simultaneous directions and that's going to continue .. that's going to accelerate," McGurk said at the press conference, using an acronym for the Islamic State group.

"Daesh is losing; as they lose we focus increasingly on stabilization," he added, referring to plans being made to rehabilitate and police cities recaptured from militants.

Islamic State has come under pressure from air raids and ground forces actions by various parties in both countries, but they still hold large tracts of land.

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