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The Islamic State Faces a Punishing New Year

Dec 29, 2015 | 22:03 GMT
The Islamic State Faces a Punishing New Year
Syrian pro-government fighters guard an outpost in the Tal Sharba area on the outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, Dec. 27.
(GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP/Getty Images)

It has not been a good week for the Islamic State. Though far from defeated, the group is nevertheless being harried across several fronts, experiencing significant losses in Syria as well as Iraq -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited Ramadi today to highlight the Iraqi army's victory there. The Islamic State's overstretched forces are contending with multiple offensives against them and continuous, punishing airstrikes....

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