Where Will the Islamic State Turn to Next?

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Iraqi soldiers of the 17th Division carry a wounded comrade after a mortar fell in an area where the troops where gathering to advance towards the Islamic State group held village of Ganus.

Robin Wright, contributing writer to The New Yorker, reported from the Middle East for her recent article, “After the Islamic State,” which looks at where the Jihadis will take the war next. According to Wright's reporting, since the caliphate was declared in 2014, the Islamic State has lost up to 45,000 fighters and 40% of its territory. Now they are under siege in Mosul, Iraq, and Raqqa, Syria, yet the U.S. estimates that ISIL still has some 18,000 thousand fighters, who have pledged to abandon cities and fight an insurgency from the desert if necessary. Wright also discusses her latest article, "Having Tea with Hezbollah's No. 2", about her conversation with Naim Qassem, the second-in-command of Hezbollah, which has supported Bashar al-Assad in Syria's civil war.