Tens of thousands of people have fled the Iraqi city of Ramadi after Isis forces captured it last weekend.
Isis now controls an ever growing area within the region.
The Syrian military may even abandon parts of the country to concentrate on defending the heartlands of Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
When Isis captured the Syrian city Palmyra, the Western media focused on the threat to ancient ruins.
But it represents a strategic advance for Isis, which now also controls two large gas fields near Palmyra. Isis’s latest victories have exposed the failure of the US bombing strategy.