The Erasure of the Islamic State's Caliphate Won't Ensure Its Defeat
Mar 5, 2019 | 10:15 GMT
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- The Islamic State core is losing the final sliver of its self-declared caliphate.
- State sponsorship, sectarian violence and a power vacuum had allowed the Islamic State to flourish.
- Unless these external factors are addressed, the Islamic State core could re-emerge as a serious threat, especially as the United States turns its attention elsewhere.