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Ever since the so-called "Islamic State" proclaimed itself two years ago in Raqqa and Mosul as the nucleus of a modern Islamic caliphate, it has told its followers that it will endure and expand.It would only last until its many enemies coordinated military attacks against it, as has now begun with multiple military attacks on Daesh in Syria, Iraq, and Libya.Daesh came into being in several different forms and names over the past 10 years.No longer a formal caliphate with state institutions, Daesh may soon operate as the world's largest Islamist virtual fringe gangster cult.Troubling signs keep emerging around the world of how Daesh is decentralizing and anchoring itself in small groups that operate locally, often with little or no knowledge of each other, as we learned in Europe recently. A parallel sign of concerns in Europe was this week's news that 82 workers hired to strengthen security systems for the Euro 2016 football championships this month reportedly were found to be listed on French terror watch lists. What will thousands of members of such groups in vulnerable regions of the world react when Daesh's heartland in Syria-Iraq is dismantled soon?
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