Their caliphate in ruins, IS militants melt into the desert

FILE – In this June 29, 2016 file photo released by Iraq’s Counterterrorism Service shows an Islamic State militant convoy destroyed by airstrikes near Fallujah, Iraq. Islamic State militants, routed from one urban stronghold after another in Syria, have recently been moving deeper into Syria’s remote desert where experts say they are regrouping and preparing their next incarnation. (Iraq Counterterrorism Service via AP, File)


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