ISIS Flees Aleppo- Under Pressure After Burning Pilot
After ISIS released the horrific video of a captured Jordanian pilot being burned alive, your humble blogger posited that the video may have marked a turning point in the battle against ISIS. While it is too soon to know whether ISIS will be defeated, it appears ISIS is in retreat from ground it has previously proclaimed to be part of it’s caliphate:
AMMAN (Reuters) – Islamic State has withdrawn some of its insurgents and equipment from areas northeast of the Syrian city of Aleppo, rebels and residents say, adding to signs of strain in the Syrian provinces of its self-declared caliphate.
The group, which has recently lost ground to Kurdish and Syrian government forces elsewhere in Syria, has pulled fighters and hardware from several villages in areas northeast of Aleppo, they said. But it has not fully withdrawn from area.
Islamic State has no spokesman. Last week, two Islamic State fighters said the group had staged withdrawals from Kobani to redeploy forces to Iraq.
Islamic State is also under pressure from the heaviest U.S.-led air strikes since the start of the year.
At least 70 Islamic State fighters have been killed by an escalation of the strikes since the group released a video showing it burning a captive Jordanian pilot to death last week, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.