ISIS Shifting Strategy as Empire Dreams Crumble

With 'capital' of Raqqa lost, analysts say group is returning to 'underground insurgency'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2017 1:24 PM CDT

(Newser) – US Central Command is holding off on official confirmation for now, but accounts on the ground appear to have confirmed the inevitable: ISIS has been routed from its de facto capital of Raqqa, Syria. The defeat means that the Islamic State, which once had grand plans for an expanding caliphate, no longer controls a single major city anywhere, reports Reuters. Its account sees the Raqqa development as "a potent symbol of the jihadist movement's collapsing fortunes," noting that the last ISIS flag flying over the city was taken down Tuesday by members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces. Here's a look at related coverage and developments:

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