It is hard out there for ISIS terrorists
A battered ISIS grows ever more dependent on lone wolves and simple plansISIS is being squeezed from within and outside the caliphate. The operations directly against the caliphate territory are more than just a distraction for its outside efforts. It is beginning to look like the Philippines operation is its "Battle of the Bulge." ISIS has always reacted to direct attacks with assaults in a different direction. Now its resources are shrinking to the point that has become difficult. It is also probably losing its cache among jihadi wannabes.
The sophistication of the group’s operations is slipping, suggesting that counterterrorism measures arrayed against the militants are taking a toll, U.S. and European counterterrorism officials say.