The loss of Raqqa is a blow to the Islamic State, and hard times are ahead for the group. But expect it to try to continue exploiting instability in the region and working to inspire or direct attacks abroad.
Daniel Byman is foreign policy editor of Lawfare. He is a senior fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, where he focuses on counterterrorism and Middle East security. He is also a professor at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.
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