What Happens to Islamic State after the Fall of Its Syrian Capital?

(Media Line-Jerusalem Post) Dr. Ely Karmon, a senior research scholar at Israel's International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, said that after the fall of Raqqa, the Islamic State will relocate and reorganize. "Afghanistan will be a very important place for the Islamic State, which has upped its activities there already....They are also already in Libya, where leaders have been dispatched. There is Yemen, where so far the Islamic State has not been as successful because al-Qaeda controls territory." Iraqi intelligence reports suggest Islamic State is already trying to regroup in that country after its defeat in Mosul - by organizing clandestine operations to attract the support of local Sunni fighters who remain engaged in conflict with Shia militias. While Islamic State "will be more scattered" once Raqqa falls, "the terror group was always largely decentralized, as most of its associates and factions were quite independent." He added, "There is no doubt that the Islamic State will try to encourage attacks on the U.S. and EU, as this is one of their best weapons."

2017-08-11 00:00:00

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