ISIL Crumbles: Over 1000 terrorists enter Morocco, Tunisia
Source : NewsBharatiDate : 21-Aug-2017
Tehran, August 21: The mighty ISIL is crumbling, the ISIL terrorists are now crumbling in Iraq and Syria. Over 1000 terrorists have entered Morocco and Tunisia after fleeing the battlefields.
Iran's news agency EARS reports that about 300 are thought to have returned to Morocco, from where six of the 12 terrorists who carried out the recent attacks in Spain are believed to have hailed.
At the height of ISIL power, up to 1,600 Moroccans are believed to have travelled to Iraq and Syria, making them, per capita, one of the largest national groups in the fast-shrinking terror grouping.
Roughly, half that number has since been killed. North Africa is now increasingly being seen as base for terrorists attacking Europe.
Tunisian militants are thought to have had the highest per capita representation among the terror group’s foreign fighter ranks, up to 1,800 men and boys.
Moroccan authorities say they have prevented several large-scale terror attacks in Casablanca and Rabat but have limited means to stop their nationals conducting operations outside the country.
In its 2017 Terrorism Situation and Trend Report EU’s main police agency, Europol, warned that ISIL has no lack of volunteers, who are often literate and increasingly ready to carry out attacks in the West.
According to Europol, more than 5,000 individuals emanating from the EU are believed to have traveled to conflict areas in Syria and Iraq joining Takfiri terrorist groups especially ISIL.
The Russian Air Force targeted a long convoy of ISIL's vehicles with a large number of terrorists equipped with large caliber weapons en route to the Syrian city of Deir Ezzur, destroying most of the vehicles an killing a large number of militants, the Russian Defense Ministry said in statement on Monday.
"The Russian Air Force destroyed another large column of ISIL fighters that was heading to Deir Ezzur city, where international terrorists are trying to regroup and equip their last base in Syria," the statement said.
The ministry further noted that "more than 200 militants" have been killed in the strikes, which also destroyed "heavy vehicles with ammunition."
The strike on the terrorist column destroyed around 20 SUVs armed with large-caliber weapons and mortars. Russian jets have also taken out a number of armored vehicles, including tanks, the ministry added.
Syria blames several European countries of supporting terrorists and militants from the beginning of the country's conflict.