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DAMASCUS – As part of stepping up its military operations against the extremist group of Islamic State (ISIS), the United States and allies started dropping ‘cyber bombs’ on ISIS positions for the first time, an official said.
Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said on Tuesday: “Those guys are under enormous pressure. Every time we have gone after one of their defended positions over the last six months, we have defeated them.”
“They [ISIS militants] have left, they have retreated,” Work told reporters on a military plane enroute to a Colorado air base.
The official added that the US and allies of the anti-ISIS international coalition were “putting pressure on ISIS from all directions”, using every possible military capability, including cyberattacks, to defeat the extremist group in Iraq and Syria.
Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi