Is ISIS finished? When will Islamic State be defeated?
Security analyst Firas Abi Ali told the BBC World Service: "The Islamic State is close to a military defeat.
“It’s probably not going to happen in 2016 but they will probably have been defeated by late 2017.
"The US support is playing a very important role. Air cover is playing a very important role.
“If you’re looking at it from a military perspective, the Islamic State don’t stand a chance against a ground assault that is backed by air power."
Mr Ali, senior principal analyst for IHS Country Risk, used the Syrian city of Kobani as an example of US forces triumphing over... read more
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