ISIS strongholds are continuing to fall. The latest ISIS defeat is in Raqqa, the so-called capital of the Islamic State.

+ “The end of ISIS’s temporal empire and first capital does nothing to spare the Middle East and the world of the array of strategic threats and headaches of which jihadis are but one leading edge. At best, the war against ISIS pressed a “pause” button on the unspooling narrative of conflict and fragmentation. With the fall of Raqqa, the sad story will pick up exactly where it left off in 2014.” The Atlantic: The War on ISIS Held the Middle East Together.