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Brookings Institution

Why ISIS is winning

Why ISIS is winning

The terrorist attacks on Paris last week and the current lockdown in the Belgian city of Brussels, where officials fear ISIS fighters are planning similar attacks, have highlighted the group's ability to sow death and destruction far beyond the territories it controls in Iraq and Syria. Clearly the U.S. and its European allies are not winning the struggle against Islamic terrorism, no matter how many times they declare, as did President François Hollande of France last week, that they are "at war" with ISIS. The U.S. needs to assume a stronger role in coordinating the anti-ISIS coalition and step up its intervention in the region, both military and diplomatic.