Will ISIS lose its recruiting edge with loss of caliphate?
Isis's losses in Syria and Iraq will make it harder for it to recruit another Khalid MasoodI am not sure radical Islamist will lose hope if ISIS is defeated. It should be a blow to their centralized recruiting, but al Qaeda has been successfully recruiting without a caliphate for decades. Their hope is wrapped up in their interpretation of specific verses of the Koran. Many in the West refuse to focus on this because they want to pretend that Islamic terrorists have nothing to do with Islam.
Isis portrayed its victories as a sign of divine intervention, but reverses in the battlefield will make it difficult to inspire individuals abroad to kill and to die for its monstrous version of Islam