Even If ISIS Goes Down Soon, It Probably Won’t Stay Down Long

Many argue that ISIS is close to death. But whatever happens in Raqqa, ISIS’s cause will live on.

Three years after it emerged, the Islamic State is said to be on the road to defeat. In recent months, ISIS has suffered stinging reverses. This week, with its grip over Mosul being pried off by the Iraqi army, ISIS destroyed the al-Nuri mosque where Omar al-Baghdadi declared the caliphate in June 2014.