"The liberation of Mosul and the inevitable, approaching liberation of Raqqa in Syria will not be the end of the Islamic State and its evil ideology. But they crush the group’s pretense to having an actual “state” based upon it. As its surviving leaders scurry to the corners of the desert, no longer can they claim to head a winning movement. Their defeat diminishes the inspiration for violent extremists, or simply lost souls on social media, to attack Americans and our friends. This is a necessary step forward in combating terrorism. Americans are safer for it."
Barry Little is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force. Previously, he was the Deputy Commander of the 90th Operations Group, F. E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming. Lt. Col. Little has served in a variety of ICBM operations, test and evaluation, and staff positions focused on treaty implementation and nuclear force structure planning. He is also an Olmsted Scholar graduate of the JHU-SAIS Hopkins Nanjing Center. His research interests include U.S.-China relations and nuclear deterrence strategies.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm