Top US general says defeat in Syria wouldn’t ‘mean the end’ for ISIS

Cairo (CNN)As the assault to retake ISIS’s last enclave of territory in Syria continues, the top US general overseeing the fight against the terror group warned Monday that if the terror group loses that fight it “doesn’t mean the end of the organization.”

“Liberation of the terrain that ISIS holds is important, it’s an important objective for us to take that away from them. But it doesn’t mean the end of the organization,” Gen. Joseph Votel, the head US Central Command, told reporters on Monday while on an official visit to Cairo, Egypt.
“We are going to have to continue to put military pressure on them. The Syrian Democratic Forces will and we will help them,” he added, referring to the US-backed group of Kurdish and Arab fighters that have been America’s principal ally in Syria.

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