A banner belonging to the Islamic court of the Islamic State is seen on the ground after forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad recaptured Palmyra city in this handout picture provided by SANA on March 27, 2016.
Jeff Seldin, VOA: Islamic State Caliphate Staring Into ‘Death Spiral’
WASHINGTON — For the United States and its coalition partners, it is the sound of progress – the dull roar of engines as Iraqi Humvees kick up dust and dirt on the outskirts of Fallujah. In the distance, smoke rises as Iraqi forces push on with a slow but steady advance.
The scene, shared in a video handout by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, makes the battle for the key city look more methodical than it is. Closer in, Iraqi forces are meeting with what coalition officials have described as “stiff resistance” from Islamic State (IS) fighters.
But for many, the trend appears clear: The terror group’s self-declared caliphate is starting to crumble.
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WNU Editor: I am sure that the Islamic State will eventually be defeated in this war .... they occupy a small region in the Middle East and are now facing and fighting the combined military forces of dozens of countries .... sheer numbers and fire power alone will be more than enough to defeat them. But will the idea die? Hmmmm ...I doubt it. Winning the peace is just as important as winning the war, but sectarian conflict and strife has always been a staple of the Middle East, and as long as these sectarian and religious animosities exist, peace in the Middle East will always be elusive.