Islamic State is far from defeated, and instead is morphing into an asymmetrical warfare force after the militant group lost almost all of the territory it once controlled in Syria, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday.

Merkel’s remarks at the inauguration of the Berlin headquarters of Germany’s foreign intelligence agency BND contradicted statements by U.S. President Donald Trump that the Islamist group has been defeated.

“The so-called Islamic State has been luckily driven out of its territory but this unfortunately doesn’t mean that Islamic State has disappeared,” Merkel said. “It is transforming into an asymmetrical warfare force. And this, of course, is a threat.”

The conservative chancellor said monitoring events in Syria was one of the BND’s top priorities, which also include tracking cyber threats and fake news designed to influence democratic elections.

Trump said on Wednesday that he expected a formal announcement as early as next week that the coalition fighting the militants has reclaimed all of the territory it previously held. In December he tweeted that the group has been “defeated.”

Trump wants to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria by the end of April, a plan that has alarmed European allies who fear Islamic State would resurface in Syria in the absence of a credible peace plan to end the country’s civil war.

“We remain a long way from peace in Syria,” said Merkel, adored by many of the more than 550,000 Syrians who have found refuge in Germany after she decided in 2015 to open the country’s borders to almost a million asylum seekers.

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Source: Reuters

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Daeshbags-Sux
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And don’t be too sure there are no German militaries at it around :
BND merged with French DGSE a few years ago! 😉

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@Daeshbags-Sux, bad for BND. French are backstabbing as we currently see in their change of opinion about North Stream II.

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ISIS is far the most part defeated and the stragglers will be hunted down in the desert by SAA. Al-Qaeda is the biggest terrorist group located in Idlib.

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@Sweet Robert, Big mouth Trump has yet to defeat the Taliban after they went guerrilla many years ago.

The yeast of Merkel’s ideas: IS merely lost the hold of a state land. IS will continue as guerrilla as long as they have part of the local Sunni population backing them. The fight is likely to continue as long as outside money and arms flow in. And IS will try to brand as moderate Turkish mercenaries if the position deteriorates further.

The same for Qaeda who are still present and make deals with other Jihadi in Idlib.

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More Al-Qaeda than ISIS, My point better stated is Politicians get votes by saying I am fighting isis. ISIS by the numbers is a remnant. Sure they can merge with whomever but the largest group of Shira law fanatics are in Idlib. Call them moderate turks, ISIS, Al-Qaeda, or FSA basically their behaviors are that of terrorists and ideologically they are not that different. These groups have been changing sides more than they change their underwear. When their funds and arms dry up the violence ends. Syrians are tired of war and the government is doing its best to restore… Read more »