"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."
Yasmeen Mekawy is a pre-doctoral research fellow at the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative and a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Chicago. Her areas of specialization are Comparative Politics and Political Theory with a regional focus on the Middle East, and her research interests include authoritarian regimes, new media, and mass mobilization.Last Updated: May 23, 2017, 5:35pm