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The Palm Centre was started 21 years ago by Martin Gibbons as an excuse to travel.Iraqi troops, Shiite militiamen and Kurdish forces have driven IS from nearly all of Iraq, but if they turn on one another, that could give the extremists an opening to regroup. But after the Americans withdrew from Iraq in 2011, the militants regrouped, eventually emerging stronger than ever in the summer of 2014, when they conquered large areas of Syria and Iraq.ISIS leaders appear to have made contingency plans that involve precisely this - regrouping in the desert and launching attacks, much like IS' predecessor, al-Qaida in Iraq, did for more than a decade after the U. Joint Chiefs of Staff, called the SDF's liberation of Raqqa an 'inflection point' in the fight against ISIS, but warned that the coalition needs to stay focused.'ISIS is on their heels right now and our job is to make sure they don't recover,' Dunford said, using an alternative name for the group. Dana Jalal, a Sweden-based Iraqi journalist who closely follows jihadi groups in the Middle East, said IS 'will become an underground terrorist organization.''The lone wolf has nothing to lose. The group's predecessor, al-Qaida in Iraq, was almost crushed in 2007 by U. IS will again 'find a supporting base in Sunni Iraq,' where discontent with the Shiite-led government runs high, said Mutlu Civiroglu, a Washington-based Kurdish affairs analyst who follows the battle against IS.Martin's main interest is cold hardy palms, most of which can tolerate bad winters and some of which can withstand temperatures as low as 5F (-15C).Walking through tunnels of pygmy date palms, banana trees, bottle palms and phoenix palms, I realise that palms are far more varied creatures than I ever imagined - the leaves range enormously, sometimes stiff and jaunty, sometimes soft and floppy, the trunks can be hairy or grooved, bulbous or lean, each with their own shape and character.

The desolate landscape is a perfect hideout and a second home for many IS militants from the days before the birth of their caliphate.Experts estimate that hundreds of thousands of troops would be needed to mount search operations - and even more to put the desert under permanent control. envoy for the anti-IS coalition, said the Sunni militant group is now down to the last 10 percent of the territory it once held in Iraq and Syria.In late September, IS gunmen emerged from the desert and hit government forces in central Syria, cutting their supply lines for days.