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A year after its establishment, the self-declared "caliphate" of ISIS in Syria and Iraq remains well funded and heavily armed, and experts say it could be around for years to come.The group has continued to score shocking victories elsewhere, including the seizure of Syria's ancient city of Palmyra, and experts say ISIS and its "caliphate" have the means to last for years.ISIS' success is driven by various factors, chief among them its significant financial resources, superior firepower, and ability to play on the legitimate grievances of local populations in Syria and Iraq.More importantly, the group's operating costs are relatively low: it has a steady supply of recruits, particularly foreign fighters, and its vast armory is stocked largely from the spoils of battles against armies and other rebel groups.The U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS has had some successes, but experts say it is constrained by a lack of reliable ground forces and relatively poor intelligence.
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