West Asia

Reaping whirlwind

Print edition : March 06, 2015

A Jordanian girl holds a poster of pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, who was being held captive by Islamic State militants, in Amman on February 2. Photo: MUHAMMAD HAMED/REUTERS

An Islamic State fighter stands next to a man, said to be the Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, kneeling on the ground in an unknown location in this still image from a video released by the Islamic State on January 31 and obtained from Site Intel Group website. Photo: REUTERS/SITE INTEL GROUP VIA REUTERS TV

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned that the Japanese govenment "would make the terrorists pay the price". Photo: YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP

Even as the Islamic State, which is on a killing spree, is being gradually pushed back in Iraq and Syria, the goal of a decisive military victory over it will remain elusive in the near future.
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