A year on, no quick fix to halt IS ‘caliphate’

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Islamic State members turn people away from the Turkish Akcakale crossing gate in Sanliurfa province, Syria on June 13, 2015

A year after its establishment, the Islamic State group’s self-declared “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq remains well-funded and heavily armed, and experts say it could be around for years to come. The would-be state headed by IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi — called Caliph Ibrahim by his followers — has suffered setbacks in the months since it was proclaimed. A US-led coalition is carrying out strikes against the group throughout its territory and this week it lost the key Syrian border town of Tal Abyad to Kurdish forces.

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