US Envoy: IS will be defeated within 14 months

The US-led coalition war against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria could be completed within 14 months, said the US special envoy on Tuesday.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – The US-led coalition war against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria could be completed within 14 months, said the US special envoy on Tuesday.

Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, US Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk discussed the latest update on the coalition fight against the jihadists in Iraq and Syria. "Our strategy is making progress," he opened his statement.

McGurk stated that IS continues to shrink, especially in Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq that has been under insurgents' control since June 2014. He mentioned that IS days in Mosul is “numbered” as the US lawmakers were calling the Washington administration to expedite the process of defeating IS.

“Whereas (the Islamic State) once promised lavish pay for recruits, and free services in its ‘caliphate,’ it is now slashing pay, cannot provide services, and is facing internal resistance,” McGurk said. “We know from other sources, as well, that (IS) fighters are panicking on the battlefield, foreign recruits are now looking to return home, and leaders are struggling to maintain discipline, even despite the threat of execution for disobedience.”

There are 65 groups currently engaged in the fight against IS to defeat the group in both countries as the campaign started in August 2014.

McGurk noted that it took a significant amount of time to pull together local forces and prepare them for the fight against terrorists.

In response to one of the senators whether the US will be able to defeat IS within 14 months, McGurk replayed, "I wanted to go a lot faster than that."

The US envoy also mentioned that IS has lost 50 percent of territory in Iraq and 20 percent in Syria.

 

Editing by Ava Homa