- US-backed forces cleared the remaining ISIS fighters from Raqqa
- But the fight is far from over: ISIS is transforming from a territory-controlling “quasi-state,” to an insurgency
- Its fighters will still perpetrate suicide bombings, and encourage lone-wolf style attacks in Western countries
Losing Raqqa, and the majority of its territory in Syria, is a major victory for the anti-IS coalition, but it’s not the end of the terrorist group. It rather marks a transformation from a “quasi-state,” to an insurgency, Hassan Hassan, a journalist who has covered ISIS since the group’s inception, wrote in The National on Wednesday.
At the height of its power — when it controlled both Mosul, Iraq, and Raqqa, Syria — ISIS posed a much stronger, and more credible threat to the US and Western countries, Hassan wrote. Now, backed into a corner, ISIS is operating like an insurgency, relying on guerrilla tactics like sniper fire, highly-mobile ambush units, and suicide attacks.
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