The ‘Caliphate’ Is Dead, but Americans Might Not Be Any Safer

Kathy Gilsinan
The ‘Caliphate’ Is Dead, but Americans Might Not Be Any Safer

The Islamic State is gone, even if only in strict geographic terms. Once estimated to span territory up to about the size of Maine, the group’s self-declared caliphate in Iraq and Syria has disappeared entirely in less than five years. The collapse is a major achievement for the U.S. and its allies, even though it won’t stop the group from conducting attacks in the region or inspiring them overseas.