"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."
Chris Mawhorter is the Events Administrator at the Belfer Center's Middle East Initiative. Prior to joining MEI, Chris worked as an Refugee Employment Specialist and Adult Educator in Lynn, MA. He also lived and worked in Israel-Palestine, supporting the Middle East Studies Program, then based in East Jerusalem. Chris is also an alumnus of MESP and of Gordon College in Wenham, MA, where he studied International Affairs and Economics.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm