ISIL finding it more difficult to recruit as its base shrinks
Flow of foreign fighters plummets as ISIS loses its edgeIt has lost some of its appeal and is now looked at as a loser, but probably more importantly, it has been losing strategic locations that were a gateway to Europe and the US. First, the Kurds with US help took a key town in Syria that was a conduit for foreign fighters into and out of Europe. Then the Turks finally got in the fight and shut down more of the Syria border. Getting a trip to Raqqa is extremely difficult at this time.
A once-mighty current of thousands of radicalized men and women converging on Syrian and Iraqi battlefields from nations across the globe has been cut to a trickle this year as the militants' territory has shrunk and their ambitions have withered. But the decline could portend a dangerous new phase.