Even in its death throes, Islamic State will spread its poison

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But in its death throes, IS may seek to emphasise its enduring potency with terror strikes, including in Britain, and it has 6,000 fighters in and around Sirte in Libya, many of them disgruntled members of the Gaddafi tribe whose dictator scion we overthrew.

IS was itself the cancerous remnant of Al Qaeda in Iraq, so we should probably expect that even if this ghastly iteration is destroyed, another will replace it, for the forces that created IS are still very much alive.