ISIS Is Collapsing As a Military Force

ISIS-inspired terrorism is another story.

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ISIS appears to be losing its way as a military force. The Washington Post reported Thursday that the Islamic State is pulling away from battlefield engagements “on multiple fronts”:

In the latest setbacks for the militants on Thursday, Syrian government troops entered the outskirts of the historic town of Palmyra after a weeks-old offensive aided by Russian airstrikes, and U.S. airstrikes helped Iraqi forces overrun a string of Islamic State villages in northern Iraq that had been threatening a U.S. base nearby.

These are just two of the many fronts in both countries where the militants are being squeezed, stretched and pushed back.­ Nowhere are they on the attack…

Additionally, special operations by U.S. commandos are steadily eating away at ISIS’s cabinet, recently taking out both the terrorist state’s minister of war and second-in-command. 

The Post quoted Iraq’s chief counterterrorist officer, Lt. Gen. Abdul-Ghani al-Assadi, who said, “They don’t fight. They just send car bombs and then run away. And when we surround them, they either surrender or infiltrate themselves among the civilians.”

The Lt. General told the Post his men listen in on ISIS radio chatter, and they believe the jihadis’ “morale is shaken.”

ISIS’s ability to inspire terrorism from afar, however, is another issue all together. This was proven by the ISIS-inspired attacks in Belgium as well as ISIS-sponsored bombings that occurred Friday in Yemen and Iraq, killing at least 60.

The body of the hydra-headed Islamic State may die from attacks on multiple fronts, ending its so-called caliphate. It looks like its many severed heads will remain like those of any poisonous snake and still be incredibly dangerous for the foreseeable future.

h/t Washington Post