Friday's HOT MIC

Friday's HOT MIC

ISIS territory is shrinking fast.  The last significant areas under its control are shown in gray on the linked map, a string of towns along the Euphrates river.   The rest is desert.  US-backed forces have the yellow area on the along the Turkish border clearly co-extensive with the Kurdish autonomous region.  This potential breakaway area must worry Turkey.

Perhaps most significantly, ISIS will lose control over oil resources to Iraq, the Kurds and Assad.  The future of ISIS is now virtual.  They have lost their desert-and-river infrastructure.