as oil runs dry so does the wealth and western interference. so whats to stop a resurgent islamic state in the coming decades. the seeds have already been laid and the enemies have been sighted. alawites, shias, kurds etc realistically have only been able to be able push back islamic state due to western arms ie the kurds were using american bomb runs as precursors to any offensives whilst syria has heavily relied on russia and iran. i would imagine most posters are reasonably aware of the conflict so theres no point in waffling on yet as this war against IS nears its last stages the biggest question remains. what exaclty stops a resurgence and will history just repeat itself.