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Jul 13 18 tweets 16 min read
"#ISIS remains a real & potent threat" @DeptofDefense Deputy Asst Sec. for the Middle East Dana Stroul tells @MiddleEastInst @ICSR_Centre

Says ISIS "working to infiltrate population centers" while also working in small cells in rural areas
"The #UnitedStates is committed to maintaining our force presence in #Iraq & #Syria to achieve the enduring defeat of #ISIS" per @DeptofDefense's Stroul
10,000 #ISIS fighters still being held in make-shift prisons across NE #Syria by the #SDF, per @DeptofDefense's Stroul

"No secret" ISIS wants to replicate January's attack on prison in #Hasakah, she adds
NEW: Pentagon warns against #Turkey ops in NE #Syria - It "will put at risk all of the progress" per @DeptofDefense's Stroul

"We strongly oppose any Turkish operation...ISIS is going to take advantage of that campaign"
NEW: Pentagon funding new facilities for #ISIS prisoners, youth, per @DeptofDefense's Stroul

New facilities will be safer, with more resources for rehabilitation
Repeated warnings from @DeptofDefense's Stroul to #Turkey against any operation in NE #Syria, warning it would put US troops in danger, provide openings for #ISIS, crate humanitarian crises

Says US recognizes #Ankara's legitimate concerns & that US willing to work on them
New @DeptofDefense funded detention facilities in NE #Syria critical bcs #ISIS sees prison prisoners & boys at #alHol & #alRoj as the perfect population to reconstitute, per @DeptofDefense's Stroul
"Purpose built" detention facilities for #ISIS fighters in NE #Syria are a "medium term" solution, per @DeptofDefense's Stroul

Says it will take time to get them built given the location, could be slowed by renewed conflict
"The hope is that w/building more secure, more humane facilities we can enable in the medium term better security, better access" per @DeptofDefense's Stroul

But says the best solution is to reduce the #ISIS population
"There's only so many #SDF to go around" per @DeptofDefense's Stroul

Says any military operation that causes SDF to shift resources from the counter-#ISIS mission is damaging
.@DeptofDefense's Stroul also warns any op by #Turkey could serve to drive #SDF towards #Syria's Assad or even #Iran
#ISIS either relegated to remote, desert areas "or they're hiding in northwest #Syria" per @DeptofDefense's Stroul
Ability to strike #ISIS in NW #Syria reflects well on US special forces, ability to project force, per @DeptofDefense's Stroul
"We're degrading the #ISIS leadership network" per @DeptofDefense's Stroul

"We're taking out ISIS leaders who demonstrate the ability" to inspire, plan attacks, she adds
In #Syria, "We're not coordinating w/#Russia. We're deconflicting" per @DeptofDefense's Stroul

US still has about 900 troops in #Syria. .
"We are opposed to this operation" per @DeptofDefense's Stroul when asked about what happens w/US forces IF #Turkey launches a military op in NE #Syria
New US-funded prisons will be "purpose built facilities" to hold #ISIS fighters being detained in NE #Syria, per @DeptofDefense's Stroul

How many will be built, where not yet decided, per Stroul, who adds the facilities will not be to deradicalize #ISIS youth
"We've seen no meaningful change" from #Russia as far as #Moscow's operations, actions in #Syria despite the war in #Ukraine, per @DeptofDefense's Stroul

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NEW - Day 142 of #Russia invasion of #Ukraine

"Russian forces are limited to incremental if any gains" in the #Donbas "held off" by #Ukraine forces, per a senior US military official

Says Russians have not been able to advance on #Slovansk
US confirms #Russia used submarine launched missiles in deadly attack on #Vinnytsia, per a senior US military official

Says "no indication" there was a legitimate military target anywhere nearby
US provided #HIMARS - "They're having a very, very significant effect" for #Ukraine, per a senior US military official

"We've all seen the #Russia|ns slow their movement & advances"
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Jul 14
US, #Netherlands - "Our countries share a thirst for liberty" Dutch @DefensieMin @KajsaOllongren tells #ACFrontPage

#Russia's Vladimir #Putin is "tsar-struck" she says, and fears liberty Image
"#Ukraine can prevail w/our help... #Russia cannot win this war" per Dutch @DefensieMin @KajsaOllongren
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Jul 13
"#ISIS is not gone" per @WHNSC's Joshua Geltzer, who says ISIS still sticking w/its basic game plan of taking advantage of ungoverned spaces, instability, carry out attacks and try to establish some territorial control

ISIS claiming 350 attacks this year in #Iraq #Syria
US sees financial movement between #ISIS core & its affiliates, as well as attempts to maintain a coherent over-arching strategy, @WHNSC's Joshua Geltzer tells @MiddleEastInst @ICSR_Centre
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Points to call by ISIS core earlier this year for affiliated to ramp up attacks - a call he says was answered
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Jul 13
"We need to get those children out of the cmaps & the prisons that they're living in" @SavetheChildren #Syria Response Director Sonia Khush tells @MiddleEastInst @ICSR_Centre

"There is a lot of hope for them to live a normal life" if they can get out of the camps, she says
Children stuck in IDP camps, prisons in NE #Syria are not the next wave of #ISIS - they are victims, per @SavetheChildren's Khush
Children in NE #Syria IDP camps - "Repatriations are not an insurmountable problem" per @hrw's @lettatayler "There is a lack of political will"
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Jul 13
4,000-5,000 non #Syria|n fighters still being detained in NE #Syria, along w/thousands of family members-"a serious ongoing security & humanitarian threat" @StateDept acting CT Coordinator Timothy Betts tells @MiddleEastInst @ICSR_Centre

Leaving them there "not a viable option"
"#ISIS knows that prisons breaks work-they're time tested and generate long-lasting results" per @StateDept's Betts

ISIS tried at #Hasakah in January, has others in its sights-"We know they will try to attack them again"
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"We cannot fight our way out of this side of the battle" vs #ISIS, he says
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NEW: @POTUS praises the heroism of @CIA, especially in regards to Vladimir Putin & #Russia's invasion of #Ukraine

Biden said the CIA “punched a big hole” in the #Kremlin's playbook

CIA workforce gave Biden a standing ovation as he left...

via WH radio pooler @Tara_Mckelvey
Comments came during a speech by @POTUS to @CIA's workforce at CIA HQ -- to commemorate the spy agency's 75th anniversary
"I'm honored to be here standing in front of this hallowed wall to honor 75 years in this proud institution" per @POTUS

"For 75 years, our nation's intelligence professionals have worked unceasingly & have sacrificed willingly make our country safer"
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