Secretary of State John Kerry insisted Sunday that a recent spate of terrorist attacks reflects that ISIS is “on the run” in Iraq and Syria. “What we believe this indicates, however, is that DAESH ISIL in Syria, Iraq, is under great, great pressure,” Kerry said.
“And people are acting out in various places. But they are not growing in their ability to do things. They are shrinking. We are taking back 40-percent, 45-percent of the territory they held in Iraq. We’re squeezing town after town. We’ve liberated communities. We’re making progress now advancing on Mosul. In Syria, likewise. They’re not able to attack and hold towns. They are on the run. And I believe what we’re seeing are the desperate actions of an entity that sees the noose closing around it.”
Kerry pointed out individual terror attacks, for example in Orlando and Nice, France, may be inspired by ISIS.
He went on to say that ISIS – which is based in Iraq and Syria — is under huge pressure. In his words, “that is a fact.”