US strikes 'ineffective',Islamic State fighter tells CNN

HQ moved before; French fighters 'the most extreme'

29 September, 17:20

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, SEPTEMBER 29 - An Islamic State (IS) fighter told CNN on Monday that US-led airstrikes on IS positions were ineffective. ''We've been ready for this for some time,'' the fighter, who asked to be called Abu Talha, said. ''We know that our bases are known because they're tracking us with radars and satellites, so we had backup locations.'' On the issue of airstrikes on mobile oil refineries under IS control, he said that ''we have revenues other than oil. We have other avenues, and our finances are not going to stop just because of oil losses.'' The interviewee was videotaped in such a way that his face was not seen by the camera. In recent days, US, Saudi and UAE fighter jets have bombed about a dozen oil refineries, facilities with which the Pentagon estimates IS was able to produce between 300 and 500 barrels of oil per day. The oil is then smuggled through Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan. ''They thought they knew everything. But thank God, they don't know anything,'' added Abu Tahla. The fighter said even if coalition attacks impede ISIS, they're not enough to stop IS's 'mission' of creating an Islamic state in the Sunni areas of Iraq and Syria.

    ''They hit us in some areas, and we advance in others,'' Abu Talha said. ''If we are pushed back in Iraq, we advance in northern Syria. These strikes cannot stop us, our support or our fighters.'' The precautions taken by fighters ahead of the airstrikes were confirmed by an IS deserter as well, who spoke to CNN form Turkey with his face covered. ''They almost entirely emptied out the headquarters,'' the defector, using the name Abu Omar, told CNN's Arwa Damon in Turkey. ''Some equipment they hid in civilian neighborhoods.

    Some they hid underground.'' On the issue of foreign fighters, Abu Omar said that the French are ''even more extreme than we are''. The former IS fighter said that he still aspires to see a 'caliphate' in the region but that he had been thinking about leaving IS for a long time. ''I saw a 70-year-old sheikh killed in front of me,'' he said. ''The 'Islamic State' can't continue like this. ... There are a lot of youth who are joining - 14, 15 years old. Maybe my voice can make them think again.'' (ANSAmed).

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