ISIS may be losing its physical caliphate, but its conquest of Iraq and Syria—and the scars it has left behind—live on. From those forced to fight for ISIS to those enslaved by it, their lives are a daily struggle. They hate themselves, and they are often hated by the communities they were stolen from, victims twice-over. Yet the U.S. moves on, because the threat is no longer apparently aimed at Americans. But in the hearts of those rejected is the same pain and rejection that gave rise to ISIS the first time and could revive the deadly group again.
Iraq's Yazidi minority has forgiven its women for being enslaved and raped by fighters from the defunct Islamic State, but it hasn't forgiven their children for being born.
ISIS fighters come back after dark. In many towns in Iraq, government control is surface-deep, and ISIS remains the power to be challenged, or joined.