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How ISIS Is Transforming

Why Predictions of Its Demise Are Premature

A little more than three years after the Islamic State (or ISIS) stormed onto the world stage by violently capturing large swaths of territory throughout Iraq and Syria, the campaign to counter the group has made significant progress. But predictions of the group’s ultimate demise are premature. What the world is witnessing is the transition, and in many ways degeneration, from an insurgent organization with a fixed headquarters to a clandestine terrorist network dispersed throughout the region and the globe. FROM REGIONAL TO GLOBAL Iraqi security forces have ejected ISIS fighters from key cities they once controlled, including Fallujah, Ramadi, …

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