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Wednesday, 25 February 2015 12:58


Islamic State’s Global Ambitions

ISIS—no longer a regional problem—is executing a complex strategy across three geographic rings.

Islamic State militants on parade in the Libyan coastal city Sirte, in an image released Feb. 18 by the Islamist-propaganda media outlet Welayat Tarablos. Photo: Agence France-Presse/Getty Images
Jessica Lewis McFate And
Harleen Gambhir    (Wall St Journal)
Updated Feb. 22, 2015 11:03 p.m. ET

Last week’s Pentagon briefing outlined plans for Iraqi and Kurdish forces to retake Mosul from Islamic State, also known as ISIS. This strategy largely assumes that if ISIS is expelled from Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, pushed out of Anbar province and degraded in Syria, the organization will collapse because its narrative of victory will be tarnished and its legitimacy as a “Caliphate” will end.

That may have been true some months ago. But ISIS has adapted more quickly than U.S. strategy has succeeded, and it is pursuing a deliberate strategy to offset its tactical losses in Iraq and Syria with territorial gains in the Mideast and globally.
ISIS’s often stated objective is to “remain and expand.” This is not a mere defensive measure to preserve its combat power from destruction. Nor is it a mere recruiting slogan designed to replace some 6,000 ISIS fighters that Washington estimates have been killed since U.S.-led coalition airstrikes began in August. As Ms. Gambhir concludes in her recent Institute for the Study of War “ISIS Global Intelligence Summary,” open-source reporting indicates that ISIS is executing a complex global strategy across three geographic rings

Psalm 17:13
Arise, O Lord,
Confront him, cast him down;
Deliver my life from the wicked with Your sword