I don’t think that IS is now succeeding in actively recruiting new members
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It’s always in the short-term easier to leave them there. The difficulty is seeing what’s going to change that dynamic now.
The potential is there to present a new chapter but we are not sure how competent both sides are
The Islamic State has been ramping up a campaign of violence in rural parts of Iraq since the second half of 2019, focusing on Diyala, Kirkuk and Salahaldin provinces, to the east and north of Baghdad. Both the frequency and character of the attacks have been steadily increasing.