On the Brink of Collapse: Is Daesh About to Breathe Its Last?

Saturday, February 27, 2016
By Paul Martin


The Islamic caliphate, a quasi-state established by Daesh terrorists, is about to breathe its last, due to massive airstrikes conducted by Russia and the US-led coalition, Irish journalist and expert in Middle Eastern affairs Patrick Cockburn notes.

The war in Syria and Iraq led to the creation of the Islamic caliphate quasi state, the terrorist entity established by Daesh in eastern Syria and western Iraq in the summer of 2014, Irish journalist and expert in Middle Eastern affairs Patrick Cockburn writes in his article for London Review of Books.

“The Islamic State [Daesh] is likely to be destroyed eventually, such is the pressure from its disunited but numerous enemies, though its adherents will remain a force in Iraq, Syria and the rest of the Islamic world,” the journalist writes.

Cockburn calls attention to the fact that people, who have been smuggled out of Mosul, Daesh’s stronghold in Iraq, say that the terrorist group “is buckling under military and economic pressure.”

While anti-Daesh forces have retaken Sinjar, Ramadi and Tikrit in Iraq, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Syrian Arab Army have forced Daesh to retreat in Syria and are encircling it in Raqqa.

“The ground forces attacking IS [Daesh] — the YPG, the Syrian army, Iraqi armed forces and Peshmerga — are all short of manpower (in the struggle for Ramadi the Iraqi military assault force numbered only 500 men), but they can call in devastating air strikes on any IS position,” Cockburn continues.

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