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The Erasure of the Islamic State's Caliphate Won't Ensure Its Defeat

Scott Stewart
VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor
Mar 5, 2019 | 10:15 GMT
Iraqis demand investigations March 1, 2019, in Baghdad into the discovery of a mass grave near the Islamic State's last bastion in eastern Syria.

Iraqis demand investigations March 1, 2019, in Baghdad into the discovery of a mass grave near the Islamic State's last bastion in eastern Syria. The Islamic State core could re-emerge as a serious threat.

(AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

The U.S.-allied Syrian Democratic Forces launched an operation March 1 backed by U.S. artillery and air support in an effort to defeat the remnant core fighters of the Islamic State in the last sliver of the militant group's self-declared "caliphate," the term it used to describe the territory in Syria...

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