IS group redeploying as underground network, warns French minister


French defence minister Florence Parly has warned that the fight against the so-called Islamic State group, which has lost most of the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria, is far from over as it is re-organising itself into an underground terrorist network.

This article is open access. Information protects us. I subscribe

In an interview with FRANCE 24, French defence minister Florence Parly discussed the fight against terrorism, in Syria and Iraq as well as in Africa, warning that the Islamic State (IS) group is morphing into "an underground terrorist organisation" even as it is chased out of its bastions.

Speaking on the sidelines of the International Forum on Peace and Security, in the Senegalese capital of Dakar, Parly hailed the recent capture of the Islamic State (IS) group's strongholds of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria.

"Daech is going from defeat to defeat, 90% of the territories it occupied have been liberated", she said, using an acronym to refer to the IS group.

However, Parly warned that the terrorist group is changing strategy: "The fight against daech is not over because daech is already beginning to redeploy its activities and to change into an underground terrorist organisation."

See the video of the interview with FRANCE 24.

No mobilization without confidence
No trust without truth
Support us