They are trying to go to ground but some of them are not able to have been caught. All in all I think that ISIS is soon to be no more in Syria and Iraq.
"If you want to succeed, double your failure rate." -- Thomas Watson.
I hope you're right but I think there still be plenty, they'll just be working in smal three or four person cells causing mayhem.
There will always those that will be able to escape and then work in small pockets. It is those small pockets or cells that are always hard to root out but I feel over time we will find and eliminate them.
I hope you are right. I know in my experience, if they are led correctly and perform their trade-craft well they are damn hard to root out… until they act. By then, it's usually too late since they hit their intended target and that often brings in fresh recruits. It's much like cancer, if you don't get every stinking cell it grows back stronger than before.
The fact that we have taken out a lot of their leader you will have these cells that do not have a good strong leader and they will be be caught sooner rather than later unless one of the cells has a naturally born leader then we may have a few issues.
Take it from me, we have over estimated our effect on their leadership. At the same time, we underestimate their capabilities. They are much more resilient than we give them credit for. And I mean a whole lot more.
Well if you take a look at it from their side they are the patriots fighting for control of their own lands under their own rules. This is usually the kind of people who are hardest to root out and get rid of. I have yet to under estimate them but who listen to me anymore.
That is exactly right! When we went into Iraq during OIF the new guys thought it'd be a cakewalk like (They thought) Desert Storm was. I told them that the Storm wasn't as easy as reported and this would be worse. I told them this time we're going into their country and they'd fight. Well, it took them about nine months to really get organized, but they did and they gave us a dam hard time until we crushed them in the surge. Afghanistan is worse. I expect Syria is just the same as Iraq.