Answers of the Day: The Fall of Raqqa


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The Question of the Day: Is ISIS dead? From the comments, here are the answers:


No. Not yet.

It is like a doused forest fire. Embers remain which can bring it back to life if left alone. To make sure it is truly dead you have to keep monitoring it for at least five years, stomping out any re-emergence. If this is done it will die for good. Otherwise it will reconstitute.

That is the problem. The US never has the patience to keep watching and stomping, even when the resources devoted to stomping it dead are minimal.


I am almost sad to see it go. The ‘caliphate’ was such a horror show that it greatly diminished the fantasy appeal of a shariah paradise. Now, ISIS/Al Qaeda /Al Whatever can return to being a loosely organized destructive force without the administrative burdens of governance. They will continue to be fueled by the resentments and twisted religious perspectives of people trapped in a failed culture.


Dead? Most certainly not. It has lost the base of its “caliphate,” but its members continue to disperse through the population of Europe and Africa. It has a recruiting presence on the Internet, and this does not stop that; in fact, I predict that more resources will be directed at recruiting online, where their costs are minimal and their reach is worldwide. Their goal remains world domination, and they have proven to be very patient. Nations of the world, watch your borders and pay attention to all those “refugees”; many are deadly.


ISIS will never be dead. It will be beaten up, deprived of money, mutilated, and attacked, but like weeds, will forever be part of the landscape. We may diminish its power for a while, but we will need to be vigilant, because it will still nurse its roots underground and eventually show up in abundance. So it is, and so it will be.

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