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Fall of ISIS Stronghold Raqqa to Change War on Extremists, Not End It

While U.S.-backed forces are inching toward the final showdown in Raqqa, Syria, the Islamic State's de facto capital, the war against the terror group is set to grind on even after the extremists are driven from their stronghold. "It’s too early to plan ISIS’s obituary," said Fawaz Gerges, professor of Middle Eastern politics at the London School of Economics. "You still have a year of serious battles in Iraq and Syria to pick apart and dismantle the territorial caliphate, and even if you do this it will mutate into ... a terrorist organization." At the height of its power ISIS ruled over millions of people and a ...