A general view of the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor during an operation by Syrian government forces against Daesh extremists on November 2, 2017. AFP / STRINGER
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Daesh (ISIS) may have just lost the last major city of its self-proclaimed "caliphate", but experts and officials warn this is far from being the extremists' deathblow.Analysts say the Syrian army's recapture of Deir al-Zor announced Friday will push Daesh underground after losing territory once as large as Italy spanning the Iraq-Syrian border.Analysts expect Daesh to revert to tactics it used in its earlier incarnation as the Al-Qaeda in Iraq insurgency of 2004 to 2008 .In the coming months or years, they warn, it could potentially then re-emerge as a reinvigorated Daesh.Some are now imprisoned in Syria and Iraq; others will be heading home.
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