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The fall of Islamic State | The Economist

The biggest, boldest attempt by a jihadist regime to defy the whole world order will be smashed in 2017. Islamic State is set to be driven out of its last remaining territories in Iraq and Syria—but its defeat won’t spell the end for terrorism.

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What will be the seismic shifts in the year ahead? The appearance of this outfit convulsed world politics for several years; struck fear into the hearts of people all around the world. Islamic State is the most vicious and murderous jihardist regime the world has ever seen.

In 2017, it will be smashed. The defeat of Islamic State will be one of the most significant things to happen in 2017. Forces from some 60 countries have taken the fight to Islamic State. It now clings to two key strongholds, one in Iraq and one in Syria.

Controlling territory is what defines Islamic State. Recruits have been drawn from all over the world to fight for its declared domain.

In October 2016, an Iraqi-led force launched a concerted effort to reclaim Mosul. The city is set to fall within months with the Syrian stronghold of Raqqa and a few remaining pockets likely to follow shortly after. But many of the fighters themselves may outlast Islamic State.

For the west too it may prove a pyrrhic victory

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