ISIS Will Become More Deadly Before It Dies

commentary

Nov 18, 2015

Islamic State fighters take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province, Syria, June 30, 2014

Islamic State fighters take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province, Syria, June 30, 2014

Photo by Stringer/Reuters

This commentary originally appeared on Slate on November 17, 2015.

As ISIS faces a stepped-up air and ground campaign in the aftermath of the Paris attacks, there is a good chance the group will lose more territory in Iraq and Syria. But if history is any guide, ISIS will resort to more terrorist attacks in the West as it loses ground, potentially making it a more dangerous and unpredictable enemy in the months to come....

The remainder of this commentary is available on slate.com.


Seth G. Jones is director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at RAND and author, most recently, of the forthcoming Waging Insurgent Warfare.