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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Mar 2017 9:54 p.m. PST

"The Islamic State is reeling. With its finances cut in half over the past six months, its media and information operations in tatters, and the offensive in western Mosul eating through its territory, the end of its so-called caliphate across the Middle East seems near. While a clear-cut victory is far from inevitable, at the current rate, it is conceivable that U.S. forces and their allies will defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria by killing and capturing its fighters, driving the group from key cities and villages in what formerly constituted its vaunted caliphate, and ultimately taking Raqqa, its stronghold.

The focus, then, will shift to what ISIS's foreign fightersówho at their peak numbered tens of thousands from dozens of countriesówill do next. There are several possibilities.

When a conflict ends, either through force or negotiated settlement, transnational terrorists are likely to disperse in numerous directions. ISIS fighters are unquestionably capable: Dug in to their positions, they have skillfully used tunnels and subterranean networks to move men and materials, and have perfected the production and deployment of vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices to keep their adversaries at bay…"
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Chokidar Inactive Member07 Mar 2017 2:59 a.m. PST


foxweasel07 Mar 2017 3:47 a.m. PST

Tower Hamlets.

ITALWARS Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member07 Mar 2017 4:29 a.m. PST

to sell carpets

GurKhan07 Mar 2017 6:27 a.m. PST


Great War Ace Inactive Member07 Mar 2017 8:07 a.m. PST

Hell, of course………..

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2017 8:34 a.m. PST

I know one place they are not likely to be allowed in.

cosmicbank07 Mar 2017 8:46 a.m. PST

Well if it goes like the past. They go to work for an unamed western intell agency, until they get back on their feet so to speak, then they go back to their old ways, except with more money and better trained. sad but ture

USAFpilot Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2017 8:59 a.m. PST

Real evil always seems to slip away.

PVT64107 Mar 2017 9:35 a.m. PST


Rod I Robertson Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member07 Mar 2017 10:01 a.m. PST

They will likely remain and attempt to meld into whatever sympathetic populations which they can find. What does an ISIS fighter look like? If they survive the post caliphate round ups/purges then they will be indistinguishable from their more passive neighbours. Then they will work and organise themselves for the next iteration of the jihad and the caliphate. The cycle will continue until local states can offer something more attractive to the large, disaffected segments of their populations.

Rod Robertson.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2017 10:11 a.m. PST


What about those who want to return to their original countries?…


Terrement Inactive Member07 Mar 2017 10:41 a.m. PST


Zyphyr07 Mar 2017 12:35 p.m. PST

If ISIS goes away, there are at least a dozen other groups out there with similar enough ideologies that would be happy to take them in.

28mm Fanatik07 Mar 2017 2:44 p.m. PST

Europe and Scandinavia?

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2017 8:19 a.m. PST

"Europe and Scandinavia?"

I thought they had already started transferring their assets there.


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