BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:55 P.M.) – Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq are beginning to withdraw in great numbers from Syria and Iraq to Egypt and other North African countries following a series of major defeats throughout the Levant which has seen them lose their core territorial base.

Over the last several days, both Turkish and Kurdish media outlets and social media sources have begun reporting that Islamic State terrorists are making their way across Syria with the aim of reaching North Africa.

Naturally, both Turkish and Kurdish media blames the other side for this event.

Whilst there can be no doubt that ISIS fighters are being covertly assisted by outside powers and/ or other armed groups in Syria, who is responsible for this is no longer relevant at this point.

That both Turkish and Kurdish sources – inherently opposed on geopolitical matters and constantly trying to contradict the claims of one another – report that ISIS has begun such move most likely means that it is in fact taking place.

The reports coincide with an alleged statement by Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi from about one week ago whereby he called on his fighters to gather in southern Libya and prepare to attack countries throughout North Africa in order to make up for Islamic State territorial losses in the Levant.

North Africa would appear to be the most logical regrouping point for Middle East-based ISIS militants who wish to continue fighting, considering its proximity to their current battlegrounds, the geopolitical climate of the region which is highly susceptible exploitation by non-state armed groups and the existence of long-standing underground infrastructures that can assist them getting there.

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  1. And how the heck are they to do this mass exodus, without the help of Turkey? And if they get through Turkey to the Mediterranean, are they going to swim? What will they do with their equipment?
    Presumably such a large exodus will be capable of being STOPPED?

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How? By American or Turkish Airlines?

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ISIS relocation plans are in line with the USA’s geo-strategic imperative of countering China’s economic influence in Africa .

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Agreed. Look at what’s happening in Afghanistan & Pakistan. ISIS taking over some Taliban groups or fighting them for turf.
I know the Chinese have an aversion to militarily interfering in other countries but if Afghanistan/Taliban or Pakistan asked the Chinese for military help they should take up the offer. Those countries are on China’s borders and are/will be part of the BRI. China will get in turn a chance to improve their communications/detection/logistics/fighting skills/techniques/strategies with real-time battlefield experience while debugging hardware and procedures just as the Russians did in Georgia, Ukraine and Syria.

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It’s EU energy procurement that is targetted!!! Two areas seems missing on the pipeline map. Somalia and the Mali (Niger) Chad axis? Somalia has Brit uranium mines. Mali (Niger) Chad axis have French uranium mines. They will be in for a surprise : Few seem to know it due to NATO is seen as a single entity EU cumulated forces are twice as big as Russian ones and Germany alone has a biggest economy than Russia while EU is the 2nd biggest world economy after China. Nearly all sub-Saharian countries have defence agreements with France, thus meaning with the EU.… Read more »
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People are most often so naive. Just look which countries and groups border to the remaining ISIS territory, and you see that they are mainly SDF and Iraq, both infected by US. So, naturally, only the US can bring the terrorists to Africa.

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Will the US give the ISIS travellers Air Miles as well?

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Except that there is serious coverage by Chinese satellites providing serious intelligence to all local govts. All local forces closely team together and also with Franco-Germany, Algeria, etc etc… The remaining ISIS is nowhere near the manpower Boko-Haram alone had… Now maybe the Saudis and a CIA operative with an airline based in Libya might move these loonies into Libya but it’s unlikely to get unnoticed. Results seem very dubious : both EU and China have too much interests in Africa and they weight more than twice US economy and once cumulated, even more than US militaries. Actually, what is… Read more »
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