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Islamic State Prosecutions Drop Dramatically in U.S. Post Caliphate Loss

Islamic State Prosecutions Drop Dramatically in U.S. Post Caliphate Loss

The four ISIS-affiliated indictments or guilty pleas in American courts so far this year are on track to dramatically fall behind the peak of 57 prosecutions in 2015, CNN reports, adding that, between 2015 and 2017, the number of indictments or guilty pleas dropped by more than half, from 57 to 26.

The low number of arrests may stem from the ruinous blow the U.S.-led coalition and local forces dealt ISIS in its former caliphate in Iraq and Syria under American President Donald Trump’s watch.

Echoing the U.S. military, IHS Markit reported in January:

The quantity of propaganda materials released by the Islamic State’s official social media channels decreased by 62 percent across 2017 … The reduction in official Islamic State propaganda output coincides with the collapse of the group’s so-called ‘Caliphate’, which shrunk by 89 percent from 60,400 km 2 in January 2017 to 6,500 km 2 in January 2018.

U.S. Maj. Adrian Rankine-Galloway, Pentagon spokesman, told Breitbart News that the American-led coalition and local forces have reduced ISIS to a “small” presence in Syria.

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