Tim Lister, CNN: Islamic State 2.0: As the caliphate crumbles, ISIS evolves
ISIS is on the back foot.
Nearly three years since the group's elusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a self-styled Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, ISIS is reeling from losses across its so-called "caliphate."
It is fast losing its grip on Mosul, its biggest hub in Iraq, and its de-facto capital in Syria -- Raqqa -- is all but surrounded.
But it's not just territory that the militant group is losing.
Over the last six months, ISIS has seen its finances slashed, media operations crippled and several high-ranking leaders killed or captured.
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- March 22, 2017
Why America Can't Win the War in Afghanistan -- Daniel L. Davis, National Interest
The New Era in China-U.S. Relations Begins -- Seth Cropsey, RCW
North Korea's Most Surprising Acquaintances -- Eleanor Ross, Newsweek
Why China Must Confront North Korea -- Mitchell Blatt, National Interest
Why the sudden collapse of North Korea would be hell on Earth -- Harry J. Kazianis, The Week
Is Modi Too Powerful for His Own Good? -- Mihir Sharma, Bloomberg
Corrupt Leaders Thrust South Sudan Into Famine and Abject Ruin -- John Prendergast, Daily Beast
How annexing Crimea allowed Putin to claim he had made Russia great again -- Sophie Pinkham, The Guardian
Keeping the Balkan Ghosts at Bay -- Carl Bildt, Project Syndicate
Europe's Reverse Domino Effect: No One Is Following Britain Out of the EU -- Pierpaolo Barbieri, Foreign Affairs
What Now for Europe's East? -- Joel Weickgenan, RCW
Islamist terrorists are increasingly sophisticated, so the laptop ban is inevitable -- Con Coughlin, The Telegraph
Trump Just Hired His Next Scandal -- Eli Lake, Bloomberg
Comey Is Now the Most Powerful Person in Washington -- Eli Lake, Bloomberg
What Is the “Deep State”? -- Fritz Lodge, Cipher Brief