Anatomy of a ‘caliphate’: The rise and fall of ISIS
As people in Syria and across the globe await the imminent defeat of ISIS in Syria, analysts are already speculating about the future of the terror group. One thing that most experts agree one, is that after the fall of Baghouz, the Islamic State’s last enclave on Syrian territory, ISIS will continue to be a significant actor in the region.
Islamic State is already experiencing a resurgence in the northern parts of Iraq, a country where the group was officially defeated by government forces about a year ago. Many ISIS fighters from Syria have now fled to Iraq, where they are joining up with local insurgents. Analysts believe that ISIS is likely to attempt similar reorganization efforts in remote areas in Syria, especially after most US troops have withdrawn from the country.