The Islamic State - the Beginning of the End

(Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs) Col. (ret.) Dr. Jacques Neriah - With the latest defeats of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, it appears today that IS is doomed. In Syria, the border with Turkey is sealed, cutting IS off from its ultimate logistical support, as it faces an American-led coalition as well as Russia, Iran, and Turkey. IS also suffered the loss of significant territorial assets in Iraq and its Mosul stronghold is on the verge of being surrounded by anti-IS forces. However, IS has planted thousands of anti-personnel mines in minefields, prepared deadly improvised explosive devices, and is ready to use scores of suicide bombers. An IS in agony could very well mean a revival of terrorist attacks in the West, using the local radical Muslim infrastructure, to "punish" the West for its attacks on the Caliphate. The writer was former Deputy Head for Assessment of Israeli Military Intelligence.

2016-09-09 00:00:00

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