ISIS, Remaining But not Expanding


The terrorist group’s losses have not stopped since the very beginning of 2016, started with losing Palmyra city for the regime army, losing Fallujah for the Shiite Iraqi Popular Mobilization, the northern countryside of Raqqa to the Kurdish forces and lately the group lost nearly a thousand kilometers to the FSA troops and the Turkish army in the Shield of the Euphrates.
In spite of all these defeats, the group still controls wide areas in Syria and Iraq with all the petrol fields in these areas.

Abu Muhammad Al Adnani, the previews spokesperson of ISIS who was killed by an air strike in Al Bab, Aleppo, announced the end of (remaining and expanding) and the return to the group’s old status in the deserts.
ISIS is fighting several armies and coalitions. First of all, the International Coalition, led by the US, which is consists of more than sixty countries and represented on the field by the Kurdish forces, second of all, the Russian army, who has a great hate towards jihadist since Chechnya and Afghanistan and recently the coalition between the Turkish army and the Free Syrian Army troops under the name of Shield of the Euphrates.

But the real battle against ISIS has not started yet, because the battles are far from the group’s capitals and Iraq and Syria. Mosul, as confirmed by US observers, would not be liberated in 2016. Raqqa on the other hand, is still far from all other forces, whether they were Kurdish forces in the North or the regime army in the south. Based on all that, the group’s motto is partially correct, the group is remaining as long as Raqqa and Mosul remain under their control, but it is not expanding anymore.

In the end, any expert in the history of wars can tell that the war against ISIS would not finish any time soon, especially after the critical sectarian issues in Iraq and the whole situation in the Middle East. Based on all that, a question comes to mind, who is behind all the wars and destruction in the region?

media activist from the city of Raqqa, student at the Faculty of Law at the University of the Euphrates. Director of the Media Office of Raqqa, founding member of "Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently", founding member of the documentary project of "Sound and Picture". I work in documenting violations committed by Assad's regime and ISIS group and extremist organizations inside the city of Raqqa, as I work in programming, design and visual media. I hold a certificate of coach in digital security, and a certificate of journalist coach, and a certificate in documenting violations against human rights, and a certificate in electronic advocacy. I underwent a training under the supervision of "Cyber-Arabs" in collaboration with the Institute for War and Peace "IWPR", about the management of electronic websites and leadership of advocacy campaigns, and a training of press photography under the supervision of the photojournalist "Peter Hove Olesen".