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Is the fall of Raqqa good news for the West?

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By Catherine Hardy  with EURONEWS
Is the fall of Raqqa good news for the West?

<p>Is the fall of Raqqa really good news for the West?</p> <p>The Syrian city – <span class="caps">ISIL</span>’s de-facto headquarters – was home to thousands of jihadists from around the world.</p> <p>It fell to a US-backed alliance of Syrian fighters over a week ago.</p> <p><strong>Jean-Marc Rickli</strong>, a research fellow at the International Centre for the Stude of Radicalisation at King’s College in London told Euronews that while it <span class="caps">DOES</span> mean the end of the dream of a caliphate, it <span class="caps">DOES</span> <span class="caps">NOT</span> necessarily mean the end of <span class="caps">ISIL</span>.</p> <p>“We should be worried in the sense that when we al-Qaeda originally, we had a small network that was roughly hierarchical. Now we are faced with a number of militants that has grown exponentially and so that creates a number of problems for security services because the possibility of tracking these people has become almost beyond what western security services can do because for every militant you need almost 30 security agents to track these people. So here we have a structural problem in terms of tracking where these people are going and what they are about to do.”</p>