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 â€śIslamic Stateâ€ť, 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.