"The militants are now more skilled and more dangerous than al-Qaeda, according to Lahur Talabany, a top Kurdish counter-terrorism official.
“They have better techniques, better tactics and a lot more money at their disposal,” he said. “They are able to buy vehicles, weapons, food supplies and equipment. Technologically they’re more savvy. It’s more difficult to flush them out. So, they are like al-Qaeda on steroids.”
“We see the activities are increasing now, and we think the rebuilding phase is over,” said Mr Talabany, who heads the Zanyari Agency, one of two intelligence agencies in Iraqi Kurdistan.
A different kind of IS has emerged, he says, which no longer wants to control any territory to avoid being a target. Instead - like their predecessors in al-Qaeda before them - the extremists have gone underground, in Iraq’s Hamrin Mountains."
Welp. What now? There’s something like 15-20,0000 ISIS fighters left in Iraq and Syria, and they’re going back to an Iraq-war style Insurgency, except with more expertise and resources available to them than Al Qaeda et al ever had.
And one wonders they are getting the cash flow from, assuming it’s not leftovers from the Caliphate.
Doesn’t look like taking out Baghdadi has slowed them down much unfortunately.
There is an endless supply of potential ISIS fighters from all around the world. All countries should ban them from ever returning…period. The next time a ruthless dictator takes over and keeps ISIS in check because they are more ruthless than ISIS, leave the dictator alone. The problem you create is bigger than the one you’re trying to solve.