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Islamic State Group: Could it Rebound from Caliphate Defeat?

Islamic State Group: Could it Rebound from Caliphate Defeat? By Frank Gardner - BBC News

In short: yes, but not in the same form.

 

The jihadist terror group's self-proclaimed "caliphate", which once ruled over nearly eight million people across Syria and Iraq, has been all but eliminated.

 

The temptation for triumphalism in Western capitals is overwhelming. It has taken four and a half years of relentless military pressure by a 79-nation coalition to get to this point. It has cost billions of dollars and thousands of lives, many of them civilian.

 

But people who have access to secret intelligence on the Islamic State (IS) group's activities and intentions are calling for caution…

Read on.