Is Islamic State Still a Threat?

cc Flickr U.S. Department of Defense Current Photos, modified, public domain, Iraqi security forces soldiers pause for a photo during react to enemy contact training at Camp Taji, Iraq, Feb. 25, 2017. The soldiers attended a Junior Leaders Course led by Coalition forces designed to enhance basic combat skills in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, the global Coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Christopher Brecht)

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced in March that ISIS had lost its final stronghold in Syria, marking the end of the so-called caliphate it declared in 2014. Six months later, President Trump announced the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a night-time raid by U.S. special forces on his compound in Syria. Clearly 2019 was a year of significant strides in the war against ISIS. So why are so many in the international community now worried that the terrorist group is in resurgence?


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