ISIS is making it's first territorial gains since nearly being wiped off the map this year.
With the war effort split between holding Turkish forces back on the western front of Kurdistan and northern Syria, and fighting ISIS' three major pockets on the Syrian/Iraqi border, Daesh is able to once again pursue it's bloody agenda.
With Erdogan's recent rhetoric calling for a pan-Islamic army to wipe Israel and Kurdistan from existence, many have accused Turkish entry into the war and it's funding of jihadists associated with Islamic State, many have accused the Erdogan regime to be in cahoots with the violent terror group.
Islamic State is completely without international recognition and has so far not been able to gain any open allies since al-Baghdadi's 2014 declaration of Caliphate in Mosul, Iraq.
Last year, the city of Raqqa, Syria - the declared Caliphate's capital - was liberated by SDF and Kurdish forces working with both pro-Assad and Syrian rebel forces, Iraqi government military, and international volunteers. The city remains under the official administration of Kurdistan.
Last week, Kurdish forces were driven by invading Turks from Afrin, Syria in what many commentators in the international community is largely calling a program of anti-Kurd genocide.
Revan Filiaexdeus is a freelance journalist and social activist who has been following the Syrian Civil War since it's origins in the Arab Spring of 2010. He is passionately dedicated to an objective covering of these events and works with organizations such as syriancivilwarmap.com and southfront.org