This is coolbert:
Raqqa and Mosul if and when liberated by the allied coalition will not mean the end of the Islamic State? Underground ISIL as in both literally and figuratively so!
1. "Fall of Raqqa and Mosul Will Not Spell the End for Isis"
From the article by Patrick Cockburn as seen in the Ron Unz Internet web site review.
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"The capture of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria is often presented as the death knell for Isis, but its demise is by no means so certain.
The loss of the two cities means that the self-declared Caliphate will
be shrunken and lose much of its population. But prior to its explosive
advances in 2014, when it captured much of western Iraq and eastern
Syria, it was a skilled and experienced guerrilla movement. Unable to
stand against the firepower of an enemy in total control of the air,
there are signs that it is moving many of its fighters and officials out
of Mosul and Raqqa to rural areas where they can hide more easily."
As is speculated in the Cockburn article already is the case!!
2. "Thousands of IS fighters have retreated to desert of Anbar, where they are launching deadly attacks against vulnerable non-combat troops"
"Having secured the towns and villages of Anbar province, and with commanders focused on the battle for the city of Mosul, Iraqi forces are now having to contend with a new Islamic State (IS) group tactic – desert ambushes."
"Military sources say that beneath the sand, thousands of IS militants are hiding in underground tunnels and bunkers, from which they are launching a campaign to unnerve and disorientate the Iraqi army, already weary after years of fighting."
ROVING BANDS OF ISIL COMBATANTS IN CAPTURED HUMVEE AS IN THE MANNER OF THE VENERABLE DESERT BEDOUIN WARRIOR AND STAY-BEHIND UNITS AS TO BE FOUND IN AREAS AS LIBERATED FROM THE ISLAMIC STATE? NOT SO MUCH THE FUTURE BUT IS NOW!
See previous blog entries most germane: