IS 💪 Conflict: Up To 30,000 Fighters  in Syria and Iraq - UN

Between 20,000 and 30,000 Islamic State (IS) militants remain in Syria and Iraq despite the group's recent losses, according to a United Nations report.

Iraqi pro-government forces retook the northern city of Mosul in July 2017, while a US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias in Syria captured the jihadists' de facto capital of Raqqa three months later.

The UN report says IS still controls small pockets of territory in the eastern Syrian province of Deir al-Zour, where it has been able to extract and sell some oil, and to mount attacks, including across the border with Iraq.

Up to 40,000 foreigners are estimated to have travelled to fight in Syria and Iraq since 2011, but the flow of fighters away from the two countries in the past year has been "lower than expected", according to the report.

The report also notes that there has been a fall in the number of terrorist attacks in Europe since late 2017, but warns that this drop could be temporary as "the underlying drivers of terrorism are all present and perhaps more acute than ever".

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