What’s Next For The Islamic State?

In 2014, the Islamic State (IS) extremist group emerged as one of the most powerful jihadi groups, rivaling even Al-Qaeda.

The extremist Sunni group now controls vast swathes of territory across Syria and Iraq and boasts thousands of fighters — including many from Western Europe. An anti-IS coalition led by the United States has mobilized more than 60 countries, including several Arab states, against the group.

Yet after months of air strikes, IS militants are still threatening to take over even more territory and are continuing to attract foreign fighters and execute Western, Syrian, and Iraqi hostages.

While the chaotic and rapidly changing situation on the ground in Syria and Iraq makes it very hard to predict what will happen in the coming months, RFE/RL asked a number of analysts and experts to evaluate what might we expect to see from IS as we move into 201

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  • Minicapt

    Link is hidden?

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  • b_marco

    Perhaps an exchange program with the Canadian federal civil service is in order. Oh and belated merry Xmas , blazingkatz 🙂

  • Hard Little Machine

    ISIS understands that the west would rather be hated than ignored. So ISIS will carry on doing what it does until the west caves and begs them ‘negotiate’ with the west about carving up the Mideast. ISIS will be recognized as a country by the end of next year.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    I imagine someone in Ottawa is already drawing up plans concerning the amount of money we’ll inevitably find we’re donating to them as foreign aid for whatever reason, and picking out which of their personal dear friends will get those plum diplomat jobs…