This is coolbert:
Counter-offensive Islamic State style!!
Don't count the bad guys out yet!
From the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter:
"An ISIS counterattack in Raqqa kills more than 100 Syrian troops"
"A large ISIS tank force is conducting a major counterattack on the Syrian government forces fighting to wrest Raqqa from Islamist occupation. In a surprise strike, the jihadists Friday recovered a road and several villages southeast of the town and some Syrian army camps. They left at least 100 government troops dead. Hundreds more were wounded and seen fleeing the scene . . . ISIS by its successful counter-offensive has retained control of the main routes running through the desert to its Mayhadin and Abu Kamal strongholds near the Iraqi border. The jihadists have also stopped short the Syrian army's advance towards the Euphrates Valley."
"ISIS launches counteroffensives in Syria and Europe"
"ISIS is simultaneously promoting a successful counteroffensive in E. Syria, killing 100 Syrian troops, and a terrorist campaign Europe, following the Barcelona outrage. Its summer offensive is in full spate on three fronts - two in Syria and a third in European cities - thus pricking the prevailing view of Western experts on Islamic terror that the caliphate's territorial shrinkage in Syria and Iraq heralds its approaching demise. A surprise assault gave the jihadists the chance to snatch several villages southeast of Raqqa as well as main roads to its Mayadin and Abu Kemal strongholds on the Iraqi border. Around 100 Syrian troops were left dead."
"Reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated" - - Mark Twain.
And for the Islamic State too?