"ISIS is exercising good operational security given the nature of its enemy and its decreased capabilities," he said. "It must minimize its exposure to enemy detection in order to survive and continue to have a meaningful effect. Deception is key to survival for an insurgent force. ISIS will learn what draws fire without losses. That's a lesson the Viet Cong learned to good effect against American forces during our long war."
"Iran will pay no price for clamping down on dissent," said retired Army Col. Robert Maginnis, a counterterrorism specialist. "We have little leverage in the region, and no other nation in the region will hold it accountable."