ISIS and Military Conflict in the Middle East

Jan 16, 2018

The Islamic State's territory in Syria and Iraq has been reduced to a small fraction of what it was when ISIS declared its Caliphate back in 2014. But is the Islamic State really defeated?

On this River to River program, join host Ben Kieffer as he spends the hour with with former Air Force intelligence analyst Evan Renfro, an assistant professor of political science at University of Northern Iowa. Renfro gives his perspective on the threat from ISIS and other violent extremist groups.

"ISIS has been reduced to a mere shadow of its former self," Renfro says. "It has now been reduced to an area the size of Manhattan."

Kieffer also has Refro explain what being an intelligence analyst involves. He says that the job is crucial and must be persistent.

"Intelligence has to win every day. Terrorism has to only win once," Renfro says.