"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."
Susan Lynch is the Program Assistant for the International Security Program and the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program web manager.
She received a B.S. in Microbiology from the Pennsylvania State University in 1984. Previously, she was an Operating Room pharmacy technician at Boston Medical Center. She has also worked as a freelance copy editor and proofreader for the Belfer Center Studies in International Security book series.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm