Report: Weakening Assad could help Islamic State
The Islamic State group could inadvertently benefit from a situation in which Syrian government forces are considerably weakened on the ground, a London-based military analysis group said on Tuesday.
The report, published by IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Center, follows the United States bombing of a Syrian army base after a chemical weapons attack on April 4 killed nearly 90 people. Weakened Syrian government forces could give militants additional footholds at a time when their grip on territory elsewhere in Syria and Iraq is being rolled back, according to the report.
Across both Iraq and Syria, Islamic State has lost nearly half the territory it held at the height of its power in 2014.