Is Isis in crisis? Syrians who once supported Islamist extremists are now repulsed by their brutality | Middle East | News | The Independent
- The very foundations of the caliphate appear to be crumbling. Territories once enjoyed by the āIslamic Stateā, and brutally enforced public support are, perhaps for the first time, under serious threat.Amid defections from fighters, often unpaid because of air strikes on oil supply lines and a sclerotic economy, the caliphate appears weaker than ever. And its adherence to a brutal view of Islam, enforced by unwelcome foreign fighters, is creating unrest among the people it is struggling to keep within its borders.