- Feb 27, 2010
And, no, it was not because of President Trump's "secret plan to defeat ISIS" which never existed. If there was any plan, it was hatched under President Obama, who was wary of sending large numbers of US troops to the region.
Rather than fighting to the death, at the end, ISIS fighters either surrendered, or fled.
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But this is hardly the end of ISIS, or Daesh. Al Baghdadi is still at large, as far as we know, and its propaganda section, quite effective at radicalising some youth in the west, has probably melted away to fight again.
With ISIS out of the way, there is now a vacuum that the the Kurds, other Syrian rebels, Turkey and the Syrian state will be trying to fill.