The solution isn’t defeating this group or that group. What’s really needed is a systematic reeducation of a jihadist society.
We used to know this, like in the days following World War II, when we educated the dangerous ideologies of our defeated foes out of their respective societies.
From Dennis Michael Lynch:
ISIS has lost almost all the control it once held in Syria and Iraq, including in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. As ISIS militants flee the U.S. coalition, al-Qaida may stand to gain more fighters.
Over several nights in September, some 10,000 men, women and children fled areas under Islamic State control, hurrying through fields in northern Syria and risking fire from government troops to reach a province held by an al-Qaida-linked group.
For an untold number of battle-hardened jihadis fleeing with the civilians, the escape to Idlib province marked a homecoming of sorts, an opportunity to continue waging war alongside an extremist group that shares much of the Islamic State’s ideology — and has benefited from its prolonged downfall.
Sources report that al-Qaida members of the Levant Liberation Committee have vouched for some of the fleeing ISIS fighters whom they knew before the two groups split, approximately four years ago, and allowed them to join.