In this Nov. 29, 2016 file photo, Iraqi Army soldiers celebrate as they hold an ISIS flag they captured during a military operation to regain control of a village outside Mosul, Iraq. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)
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With ISIS's "caliphate" seemingly nearing its downfall in Iraq, the country's security agencies are preparing for a different fight against the militants, shifting away from ground offensives to a focus on intelligence work, surgical airstrikes and a higher level of cooperation with the West.The new strategy is designed to counter an expected move by ISIS away from holding territory and back to a more classic role as a dispersed, underground terror organization after it loses Mosul, its last major urban center in Iraq.Already, the militants are laying the groundwork for a strategy of hiding in remote areas, carrying out attacks in Iraq and abroad and resorting to organized crime to bankroll operations, intelligence and counterterrorism officials said.If the city falls, ISIS territory in Iraq that once stretched across a third of the country would be reduced to small pockets in the north and west that the military will likely be able to mop up relatively quickly.Iraq also wants to intervene against ISIS in Syria to ensure the group's de facto capital there, Raqqa, is retaken, a senior counterterrorism official said.The counterterrorism agency had wanted the Mosul offensive to be delayed to give time to degrade ISIS before the full-fledged assault caused them to flee and disperse, the officials said.Post-Mosul restructuring will not be trouble-free for ISIS, the officials said.
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