“The near-collapse of the Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate will still leave the group a potent terrorist threat in the West, with thousands of adherents around the world.
But its battlefield losses and the evaporation of its grandiose territorial ambitions could at least blunt its propaganda efforts and its lure to potential recruits.
“This is more like the end of the beginning rather than the beginning of the end in the struggle against the Islamic State,” said Jim Phillips, a senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation, following reports that U.S. allies in Syria had taken control of ISIS’ capital of Raqqa. “They’re likely to go underground and put down deep roots and bide their time to wait for another violent eruption.” MORE
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