Fewer than 3,000 Daesh fighters left in Iraq, Syria: coalition

Tanks and humvees of the Iraqi forces supported by the Hashed Al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization units) advance through Anbar province, 20 kilometers east of the city of Rawah in the western desert bordering Syria, on Nov. 25, 2017, in a bid to flush out remaining Daesh fighters in the Al-Jazeera region. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)
Updated 06 December 2017

Fewer than 3,000 Daesh fighters left in Iraq, Syria: coalition

BAGHDAD: There are fewer than 3,000 Daesh group fighters clinging on in the remnants of its self-styled caliphate in Iraq and Syria, the US-led coalition battling the jihadists said Tuesday.
Daesh is currently fighting for survival in the handful of sparsely populated pockets of territory it still holds, a far cry from the vast swathes of ground it captured in 2014.
“Current estimates are that there are less than 3000 Daesh fighters left — they still remain a threat, but we will continue to support our partner forces to defeat them,” coalition spokesman Ryan Dillon wrote on Twitter.
Iraqi government troops backed up by air strikes from the US-led coalition are pressing an offensive to wipe out the jihadists’ last foothold in the desert.
In Syria Daesh have faced separate onslaughts by forces backed by Russia and the US in Deir Ezzor province and now control just a tiny sliver of the region along the Euphrates river.
The US has already begun winding down its forces deployed to fight Daesh, with the coalition saying at the end of November that more than 400 Marines who helped in the recapture of Syrian city Raqqa were being withdrawn.


Yemeni govt calls for Iran’s arms embargo to be extended 

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Yemeni govt calls for Iran’s arms embargo to be extended 

  • A Yemeni minister called to intensify pressure on the Iranian regime
  • He said Tehran’s activities that undermine the security and stability of the region

Yemen’s Minister of Information Muammar Al-Iryani called on the international community and the permanent members of the Security Council to extend the arms embargo previously imposed on Iran.
The Yemeni minister also called to intensify pressure on the Iranian regime. He said Tehran’s “terrorist activities that undermine the security and stability of the region and international peace” must be stopped, state news agency Saba reported on Saturday. 
“The Iranian regime’s continued supply of weapons, experts and funds to the Houthi militia is a flagrant violation of international resolutions related to the Yemeni crisis,” Iryani said. 
Al-Iryani added that the arrest of a Houthi cell for smuggling Iranian weapons and its admission to receiving training in Iran and its association with the Revolutionary Guards is compelling evidence of Iran’s involvement in managing weapons smuggling operations and supporting the Houthi militia.
Al-Iryani indicated that these confessions confirm the Houthi militia's exploitation of the Stockholm Agreement – signed in December 2018 – and its use of the ports of Hodeidah, Saleef and Ras Issa for smuggling Iranian weapons.