How to make Isis fall on its own sword ~ Chelsea E Manning in Fort Leavenworth, theguardian.com.
Degrade and destroy? The west should try to disrupt the canny militants into self-destruction, because bombs will only backfire.
The Islamic State (Isis) is without question a very brutal extremist group with origins in the insurgency of the United States occupation of Iraq. It has rapidly ascended to global attention by taking control of swaths of territory in western and northern Iraq, including Mosul and other major cities.
Based on my experience as an all-source analyst in Iraq during the organization’s relative infancy, Isis cannot be defeated by bombs and bullets – even as the fight is taken to Syria, even if it is conducted by non-Western forces with air support.
I believe that Isis is fueled precisely by the operational and tactical successes of European and American military…
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