Pentagon report says ISIS is regrouping

Trump says he would send US troops back to Syria should ISIS regain strength The Islamic State is likely to regain territory as a result of President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, according to a new report released Monday by the Pentagon’s Inspector General.

“ISIS may conduct opportunistic attacks on U.S. personnel as they withdraw but will leverage the event as a ‘victory’ in its media,” the report said, citing information obtained from U.S. Central Command, which oversees U.S. military operations in the region.

The report, the first such analysis since Trump decided on the withdrawal last month, also warns that “ISIS remains an active insurgent group in both Iraq and Syria,” and already has begun “regenerating key functions and capabilities.”

Trump acknowledged the possibility ISIS could rebound, saying in an interview that aired Sunday on CBS’s Face the Nation that “we’ll come back if we have to.”

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