Pictured above: Iraqi soldiers celebrating another victory over ISIS Muslim militants. Photo courtesy of: The Express – UK
Islamic State Begins Preparing to Lose the Final Remnants of it’s Middle-Eastern Territory
by, Tom Batchelor | The Express – UK
In signs that the fanatics are finally conceding defeat, ISIS commanders ordered the closure of internet cafes and the destruction of TVs and satellite dishes to limit access to news from the outside world of the group’s impending defeat.
An article in ISIS’ weekly Arabic newsletter, al-Naba, also signalled an awareness that the group was close to collapse.
But it went on to warn the West that the destruction of the group’s territory in the Middle Was would not signal the end of the group’s influence.
The editorial claimed: “The crusaders and their apostate clients are under the illusion that . . . they will be able to eliminate all of the Islamic State’s provinces at once, such that it will be completely wiped out and no trace of it will be left.”
The article added that the West “will not be able to eliminate it by destroying one of its cities or besieging another of them, or by killing a soldier, an emir or an imam”.
Entitled ‘The Crusaders’ Illusions in the Age of the Caliphate’, it continued: “If they want to achieve true victory — they will not, God willing — they will have to wait a long time: until an entire generation of Muslims that was witness to the establishment of the Islamic State and the return of the caliphate . . . is wiped out.”
The chilling warning suggests daily airstrikes against terror targets in northern Iraq and Syria are making progress.
But the group will likely attempt to paint the destruction of their so-called caliphate as inconsequential in their terror campaign, which has seen attacks on European cities in recent months.
Will McCants, author of the book “ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State”, told The Washington Post: “They’re not trying to be clever about it, but they’re really trying to prepare their followers to cope with a ‘caliphate’ that is no longer a caliphate.”
Fears are now growing that ISIS will instruct its dwindling number of determined fighters to follow a new strategy of attacks on soft-targets without the goal of establishing a state in Iraq and Syria.
Analyst Columb Strack said ISIS was “re-prioritising insurgency” which would lead to “an increase in mass casualty attacks and sabotage of economic infrastructure, across Iraq and Syria, and further afield, including Europe”.
An ISIS militant recently claimed in an interview with a Western journalists that the new advice being disseminated amongst jihadis was to “stay in their countries and rather wait to do something there.”