Is US strategy effecting ISIL's ability to fight?

Washington Post:

Months of attacks have sent the Islamic State’s oil and cash reserves up in smoke, officials say, taking a deepening toll on the group's ability to pay its fighters or carry out operations.
The answer is yes and no.  It has effected ISIL's ability to take and control real estate in the MIddle East and in places like Libya.

On the other hand, it has led to more asymetric attacks in the West which cost relatively little and driving up the cost of defending against them.  From San Berandino to Paris, ISIL followers have engaged in mass murder attacks against non combatants in relatively low cost operations.  These operations have forced governments to dramaticaly increase policing and become more proactive in defending certain targeted groups.


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