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Friday, 15 January 2016 - 13:22
US warns ISIS will speed up pace of global attacks
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Top CENTCOM general says as ISIS is losing ground in Syria and Iraq, it is relying more heavily on attacks abroad.

Even as Islamic State (ISIS) is suffering greater losses in Syria and Iraq it is increasing the pace of its attacks worldwide in a troubling trend, according to a top US general.

General Lloyd Austin, head of the Central Command (CENTCOM) overseeing Middle East operations, claimed ISIS attacks this week in Istanbul and Jakarta are signs the group is weakening, foreign media reports.

The US-led coalition which has been launching airstrikes on the group has been focusing on ISIS's lucrative black-market oil infrastructure. This week the coalition also bombed a financial facility in Iraq's Mosul, which US officials say held millions of dollars.

Russia has also been engaged in its own airstrike campaign targeting ISIS and propping up Bashar al-Assad's regime. Defense officials revealed Wednesday that China will likely join the war against ISIS as well.

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