At its peak three years ago, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency estimated ISIL had as many as 31,000 fighters operating in Iraq and Syria.
Today, that number is said to be less than 1,000.
Military operations liberated key urban strongholds in 2017 including Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria.
Despite the military defeat, ISIL continues to claim terror attacks throughout the world, leaving many wondering what will happen next.
To discuss all of this:
- Ahmed Rushdi, a Foreign Policy advisor with the Speaker’s office of the Iraqi Parliament
- Hashem Osseiran, the deputy managing editor of the news organization Syria Deeply
- Richard Barrett, a former British Diplomat and intelligence officer and the Director of the Global Strategy Network
- Peter Vincent, a counter-terrorism expert and a former U.S. Department of Homeland Security official
— UN in Brussels (@UNinBrussels) January 3, 2018
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) January 3, 2018
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) January 6, 2018