ISIS Is Evolving From a Militant-State to a Rebellion

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United States backed forces eradicated ISIS from Raqqa, Syria. The Mid-Eastern city has been the radical Islamic group’s capital since it conquered the territory in 2013. The National reported that the United States backed anti-ISIS coalition conquering the insurgent’s stronghold in Raqqa, and most of Syria, is a great achievement. However, ISIS is evolving from a militant-state to a rebellion.

ISIS was much more hazardous to the U.S. when they were at the apex of their power. They were a grave threat to the West when the group controlled Iraq, Mosul, and Raqqa. They are currently depending on several different styles of guerrilla tactics, such as suicide attacks, sniper attacks, and highly-mobile ambush units.

According to the National, the radical Islamic group has assumed more insurgency tactics as their terrain has been greatly dwarfed. The terrorist organization has mostly become scattered around deserted and rural areas. The transformation began when they first lost most of Deir Ezzor and all of Raqqa.

The radical terrorist group has been eradicated from major Iraqi cities and Syria. The militant organization currently controls only a network of far-off deserted districts and villages that exist on the border between two Middle Eastern countries. The group’s ability to find new recruits for their terrorist cause has also suffered because of the faction’s territory loss.

The National concluded that the radical group no longer exhibits the same threat it presented in 2014. They can no longer display a threat to places like Erbil, Baghdad, and surrounding areas as it formerly did in the region, although, ISIS is evolving from a militant-state to a rebellion.

However, on Oct. 4, 2017, 50 radical Islamic terrorists ambushed four American soldiers from the U.S. military. Staff Sargeant Bryan Black, Sargeant La David Johnson, Staff Sargeant Dustin Wright, and Staff Sargeant Jeremiah Johnson were the four American service members who were killed in the African nation of Niger. Washington stated that the 50 Islamic insurgents are possibly linked to the radical Islamic group.

Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said that it took 48 hours to find Johnson’s body. White expressed the U.S. military does not leave anyone behind. Johnson’s body was found by the local villagers.

The U.S. African Command and the FBI has been leading a federal investigation, or probe, against the attack and its surrounding conditions. The Pentagon stated that a terrorist group that is linked to both ISIS and Al Qaeda are active in and around Niger.

The four victims of the ambush were part of a group of 12, who were training troops in the African nation. They were ambushed by approximately 50 operatives as they were leaving a meeting with the elders of the village. Thus showing ISIS is evolving from a militant-state to a rebellion.

By John A. Federico
Edited by Jeanette Smith

Sources.

Business Insider: ISIS’ loss of its caliphate signals the end of one type of ISIS — and the beginning of a new one
Newsweek: ISIS ATTACK ON AMERICAN SOLDIERS IN NIGER STILL MURKY BUT FBI NOW INVESTIGATING
Newsweek: WHO KILLED 4 U.S. SOLDIERS IN NIGER? AN ISIS SPLINTER GROUP IS BEING BLAMED

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