LONDON – Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) is now so fragile that its so-called Caliphate could be wiped out in a matter of hours, a top terror expert said today, Express.co.uk reports.
Western and more recently Russian airstrikes, chaotic leadership and mass defections have weakened the jihadi group to such an extent that it would be unable to repel even a small invasion force.
A terror analyst told Express.co.uk that the fanatics have vastly exaggerated their military strength and called on Western leaders to launch a co-ordinated fightback which would obliterate the hate group.
Dr Afzal Ashraf said ISIS has become its own worst enemy with its campaign of terror against the West, which has prompted an international backlash.
Dr Ashraf said that another atrocity on the scale of this summer’s Tunisia beach massacre could result in boots on the ground and an end to ISIS’ evil grip on power.
“This mythical state will disappear in a matter of hours once the international community decides to act. It won’t take very long at all to drive them, if not out of all of Iraq or Syria, then certainly the majority of their territories. They will hide in towns, but I would say do not to follow them as they would use innocent civilians as human shields. Leave them in these isolated settlements and they will soon lose control,” Dr Ashraf said.
Last month it emerged that half of the group’s fighters have now been killed, whilst others are deserting en masse after their salaries were slashed.
Dr Ashraf, a researcher at the respected Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) think tank, added that assessments of ISIS’ military capabilities have been vastly overplayed.