BC’s Richard Engel: ISIS Not ‘On the Ropes,’ as U.S. Officials Have Suggested

‘The atrocities keep ISIS in the headlines and fuel the group’s social media efforts to recruit outsiders to copy them, especially in places that are perceived to be hard to hit like the United States’

ENGEL [v/o]: "Each week ISIS seems to be branching out and striking new targets. There was the massacre on a beach in Tunisia where an ISIS-trained gunman killed 38 people including 30 British tourists. And this week violence in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula where ISIS-linked militants massed in the hundreds and attacked and killed dozens of Egyptian troops. The atrocities keep ISIS in the headlines and fuel the group’s social media efforts to recruit outsiders to copy them, especially in places that are perceived to be hard to hit like the United States. ISIS doesn’t seem to be, as some U.S. officials have suggested, on the ropes. It’s been successful."

 

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