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Despite Mosul Defeat, ISIS Is Still Alive and Kicking

Islamic State may have lost control of Iraq’s second-largest city, but its fighters could still splinter into smaller terror cells and continue operating in the country, or take the battle to the West

Zvi Bar'el
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Iraqis walking on a damaged street in west Mosul on July 12, 2017, a few days after the government's announcement of the "liberation" of the embattled city from ISIS fighters.
Iraqis walking on a damaged street in west Mosul on July 12, 2017, a few days after the government's announcement of the "liberation" of the embattled city from ISIS fighters.Credit: FADEL SENNA/AFP
Zvi Bar'el

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