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ISIS Poised for New Breeding Grounds

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The walls are closing in on ISIS in Mosul and Raqqa, where else will they make home?


With their long-held base of operations and stronghold losing ground by the day in Iraq and Syria, ISIS is poised to find new breeding grounds.

A look around the globe indicates parts of Asia may be a new cog in the extremist group’s wheels after a series of attacks and reports that law enforcement in the Philippines is increasing its focus on disrupting extremist activity.

As realities on the ground in parts of Asia, and around the world, threaten to mirror more closely realities on the ground in places like Baghdad, authorities in other parts of the world cannot let up on their pursuits of dismantling terrorist networks.

Brandon Blackburn

Brandon Blackburn is a Senior OpsLens Contributor and former CIA Counterterrorism Officer. During his time in the CIA, Blackburn served multiple tours in the Middle East; including Iraq, Jordan, and in Afghanistan. Since departing the agency, Blackburn co-founded Tip Of The Spear Productions and Consulting, where he and his team work on media productions aimed at telling the stories of law enforcement and military and also consults with law enforcement and private businesses on national security related issues. Additionally, he is a Consulting Producer for “Live PD” on A&E and co-hosts and produces the Talking Terrorism Podcast, along with reformed terrorist Mubin Shaikh. Blackburn also holds a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and an MBA with a concentration in International Business.

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