Down but not out: ISIL will regroup and rise again

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Hassan Hassan draws parallels between the Islamic State's current situation and the time when it was allegedly defeated in Iraq. A closer look in IS documents from that time gives an idea of what could happen in the future:

“After our emancipation from the circumstances around the Sahwat (Awakening Councils) and with the end of that phase, in which the Sahwat presented a real danger to the dawlah (ISIL),” the document stated, “this period emerges as a period of planning and preparation for what comes after the American withdrawal … the real victor of this battle will be the one who knows how to plan and prepare for the post-withdrawal period.”

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