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China Warns Against Isis Comeback in Syria

Counterterrorism & Security

7Dnews London

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 16:57 GMT

Terrorist organisations, including Isis, are enjoying a resurrection in war-torn Syria, China's envoy Xie Xiaoyan said on Tuesday August 20th and called on the international community to stay alert to "early warning" signs, AFP reported.

China’s representative on the Syrian conflict made his remarks following a meeting with the UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir O Pedersen in Geneva.

"There is now a danger of terrorist organisations like Isis being revived," Xie told reporters, "The international community should pay attention."

Between 2014 and 2017, Isis was in control of some parts of Syria and Iraq, calling itself a self-styled Islamic caliphate, before military campaigns managed major recaptures.

Syrian forces could be on the brink of assaulting Idlib, the jihadists’ last major stronghold, but the UN warns against a potential humanitarian crisis resulting from the attack.

In recent years, hundreds of thousands of jihadists have fled government forces to Idlib where they are currently besieged.

Xie described the whole situation as "very complicated".

"We all know that this is the last stronghold of some of the terrorist organisations... so this is an issue that needs to be dealt with.

"The fight against terrorism is not finished yet," he said.

Idlib is currently under the control of the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham alliance, which is led by jihadists from Syria's former Al-Qaeda affiliate.

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