Besides crippling territorial losses, ISIS is losing its propaganda network and reach, which will strongly limit its influence, reports Rudaw. The U.S.-led coalition that fights the caliphate has done heavy damage in the battlefield and online. Over the past six months, most of its content and videos on social media have been wiped out. ISIS’s capabilities to indoctrinate have dwindled as its propaganda experts die in airstrikes. Even more importantly, its financial network is falling apart, without which, it will be far harder to organize terror attacks abroad. The caliphate is losing its abilities to radicalize further fighters for its cause.
ISIS may be suffering ground losses, but its ideological strength is still far-reaching, write Ben Hubbard and Eric Schmitt of the New York Times. It may not be able to confront its opponents’ armies head on anymore, but it knows exactly how to make use of its insurgency skills. Already the group has spread from city centers to the countryside and other nations. Its leaders and strategists have gotten out of fighting zones and are already planning how to strike from the shadows. ISIS propaganda is still highly effective in radicalizing homegrown terrorists abroad. It remains highly dangerous and shouldn’t be underestimated.