Militants of the Islamic State are seen just before the explosion of an airstrike at Tilsehir hill near the Turkish border on Oct. 23, 2014. Turkey said on Oct. 21 that Kurdish peshmerga fighters based in Iraq have yet to cross into Syria from Turkish territory, a day after announcing it was assisting their transit to join the battle for the Syrian town of Kobani.
The Islamic State enters 2016 with less strength and agility than it had at the start of 2015. The themes of affliction, trials and suffering are certain to be repeated frequently by the Islamic State core and its affiliates throughout 2016 as they continue to be pressed hard on all sides....
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