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Michael Flynn, the national security adviser to President Donald Trump, shows visitors a map predicting what will happen to Daesh (ISIS) after its stronghold in Mosul is captured. It shows menacing black arrows reaching west toward other, future battlefronts in Iraq, Syria and beyond.That's the worry that motivates the Trump administration as it plans strategy against the terrorist group: Rather than a shattering defeat for the adversary, Mosul may be the start of a breakout to other regions. That may be one rationale for Trump's controversial ban on travel from Iraq and six other Muslim-majority countries: He fears a metastasis of Daesh into the West after its capitals are crushed.Given this danger, some analysts speculate that Trump may eventually decide to clear Raqqa with thousands of U.S. troops from mobile units, such as the 82nd Airborne Division, which is already partly deployed in Iraq.The bitter irony is that as Trump proclaims his anti-Daesh campaign, Al-Qaeda is becoming stronger in both Iraq and Syria, warn analysts from the Institute for the Study of War.
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