Islamist fighters are making their final stand in the Syrian battleground on two fronts. But the most senior British military officer in the coalition against Isis has warned that violent jihad is far from over and said the threat remains in the region and to the west.

As well as an impending offensive by Russian, Iranian and Assad regime forces on the rebel enclave of Idlib, a second operation is underway by US and European-backed forces to reclaim Hajin, the last area remaining under Isis control.

However, Major General Felix Gedney, the deputy commander of the US-led Inherent Resolve mission, cautioned that the fall of the two remaining strongholds will not mean that the danger of Islamist terrorism is over.

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