Despite a kinetic campaign against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) led by Russia and America from different angles, ISIS continues to persevere. How many times in the past few months did readers see headlines regarding the ISIS’s demise in Mosul and other parts of the Levant? A dozen perhaps. Or reports of drone strikes decapitating ISIS leadership? Or that Ibrahim al-Baghdadi is injured? The truth of the matter is ISIS is resilient, nimble, and not easy to kill.
Now under President Donald Trump, ISIS is ready for a new fight and appears to be focusing on strengthening its hold over a triangle of Syrian territory connecting its main base of operations with Palmyra to the southwest and Deir al-Zor to the southeast with reinforcements coming in from IraqDr. Theodore Karasik