It is hard out there for ISIS terrorists

Washington Post:
A battered ISIS grows ever more dependent on lone wolves and simple plans

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.
ISIS 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.

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