While Islamic State might be taking significant blows, including the recapture of the key Iraqi city, there is no reason to expect the violent and radical group will disappear.
The US is doing so with increasing frequency around the world – most recently with Kurdish fighters in Syria. A scholar explains what can go wrong, and why this approach is likely to continue.
The sustained assault on IS's two main strongholds could be followed by years of local and global insurgency.
The Paris atrocities came just as Assad's military position was improving. Can the dictator harness international fury at Islamic State to strengthen his position in Syria?