Across the group’s territory in Iraq and Syria, a breakdown of services and deteriorating living conditions call into question its ability to govern and the sustainability of its ambition.
ISIS has become too big to control itself. They’re willing and cooperative, but they’re not smart, and they’re not capable. They have no expertise.
The whole idea that ISIS is well organized and an administrative entity; some kind of monster; is wrong. It’s just an image. Morale sinks amongst military and civilians alike.
It doesn’t have a whole lot of engineers and staff to run the cities, so things are breaking down. When stuff breaks down, they get desperate (because they don’t know how to fix it).
In the Syrian city of Raqqa, the group’s self-styled capital, water and electricity are on for three or four hours a day, garbage piles up uncollected, and the city’s poor scavenge for scraps on streets crowded with sellers hawking anything they can find. Services are collapsing, prices are soaring, and medicines are scarce in towns and cities across the “caliphate” proclaimed in Iraq and Syria by the Islamic State; a stark contrast to the ‘model’ sovereign nation trumpeted.
Living conditions deteriorate across the territories under it’s control as ISIS, devotes most of its energies to waging seemingly unending war in it’s vast military expenditure.
People are fed up with them and would like to get rid of them, but lack the ability (to do so).