The U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS has warned that terrorists are still posing a threat to liberated areas in Iraq and Syria.
“We are seeing small pockets of ISIS still in areas like Kirkuk and Anbar provinces,” Col. Sean Ryan, spokesman for the Coalition said during an interview with the Voice of America. “They are trying to disrupt civilian services, like water and electricity, to try to get the people against the government.”
Seth Frantzman, executive director of the Middle East Center for Reporting and Analysis (MECRA), also said that ISIS uses the desert in Iraq’s Kirkuk, Nineveh, Diyala, Salahaddin, and Anbar to cover its military movements.
ISIS now holds 1% of the Syrian territories it once held after declaring the so-called Caliphate, according to Ryan.
“Right now, they still hold good presence in the middle Euphrates River Valley,” Ryan said. “That’s where the main effort and the main fight is along with our partner, the Syrian Democratic Forces. That’s their last remaining territory as well.”