"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."
Former Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; Belfer Center Faculty Affiliate; Former Principal Investigator, Executive Session on Domestic Preparedness; and Former Executive Director for Research, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, 1996-1998
Current Affiliation: Deputy Commissioner of Counterterrorism, NY City Police Dept., New York, New YorkLast Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm