“A weakening of the Islamic State reinforces the risk of attacks around the world,” Jean Pierre Filiu said recently in a television interview. He is a Middle East expert at the Sciences Po University in Paris. He added: “ISIS is succumbing on the battlefield but it’s resisting on the virtual, online battlefield. An organization that recruits, inspires and supports attacks [online] is difficult to counteract.”
Daesh is losing ground, this is unquestionable.
It has lost 70 percent of its territory over the last year. The two main capitals, Mosul and Raqqa, have fallen. The revenues generated by oil smuggling have dropped in recent years from $1.5 million per day to nearly $150,000.
The loss of territory is weakening the Islamic State from an economic, logistical and military point of view, according to Western news agencies. The same cannot be said for its true force, which remains propaganda and spread of jihadist ideology on the web.