ISIS continues to pose a significant threat in Iraq and Syria, despite claims from President Donald Trump that the terror group has been defeated.
Masrour Barzani, the prime minister of Iraqi Kurdistan, recently told the Atlantic, "ISIS is still very much intact."
And a recent report from the Pentagon's inspector general said that the death of ISIS's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has done little to disrupt the terror group's command structure or operations.
In early January, Trump ordered a drone strike that killed Iran's top military leader, Qassem Soleimani, pushing Washington and Tehran to the brink of war.
"However, it is essential to acknowledge that even when the United States began its counter-ISIS war, and at ISIS' peak territorial holdings, the group did not demonstrate a clear capability to strike the United States homeland," Sterman added.