ISIS may be down but it is not out

So-called Islamic State (IS) is under growing pressure in Syria, Iraq, and Libya.

It is losing territory and personnel, and its cumulative losses represent something of a strategic setback.

IS may be down but it is not out.

IS thrives on instability. The continuing chaos in the region makes it very difficult to defeat IS in the conventional sense of the term.

Indeed, the very success of its opponents carries with it the possibility of exacerbating sectarian tensions, which again could play into IS hands.