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  • Need to build a good coalition to combat ISIS

    Need to build a good coalition to combat ISIS

    There is a great traction amongst western countries on building up a coalition to tackle ISIS, but the big question is which countries in West Asia would be able to synchronise western goals with theirs? While the US and its NATO allies, along with France and Australia have been assisting the Kurdish peshmerga, the list of Arab countries willing to work with the West-led coalition is unclear.

    September 09, 2014

    Turkey: ‘Sick Man’ of NATO

    Turkey: ‘Sick Man’ of NATO

    In the West, there is growing realisation that only boots on the ground can defeat or substantially destroy the Daesh. Unless a ground force capable of taking back the territories seized by the Daesh arrives on the scene, the advantage will lie with the jihadis.

    October 17, 2014

    Can ISIS be degraded and destroyed?

    Can ISIS be degraded and destroyed?

    With the US determined not to commit troops, the military defeat of ISIS, at present, is therefore neither feasible nor imminent. Neither the so-called retrained Iraqi Army, nor US air power against this powerful and motivated force will be sufficient.

    October 17, 2014

    ISIS on backfoot: Coalition gets al-Baghdadi

    ISIS on backfoot: Coalition gets al-Baghdadi

    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death will be a serious setback to Daesh as it is different from Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups that did not proclaim a ‘caliphate’. As the history of Islam shows, the proclamation of a new ‘caliph’ can be problematic.

    November 11, 2014

    Islamic State and Social Media: Ethical Challenges and Power Relations

    Islamic State and Social Media: Ethical Challenges and Power Relations

    The IS frequently releases graphic videos of, for instance, beheadings, on social media. Once these videos surface, an ethical debate arises about the sharing of violent imagery and how these social platforms should deal with the situation.

    January 23, 2015

    Islamic State not invincible: Need to take Russia, China on board

    Islamic State not invincible: Need to take Russia, China on board

    China, like Russia, suffers from domestic terrorism (the Uyghur East Turkestan Islamic Movement). Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has put China on a list of countries accused of persecuting Muslims, thus making it a target for jihad.

    September 15, 2014

    Peshawar Massacre and the Afghan Endgame

    Peshawar Massacre and the Afghan Endgame

    The Peshawar school massacre does not appear to be a simple tit-for-tat game; it has an intricate link to the Afghan endgame in which Pakistan wants to be the victor.

    December 22, 2014

    The Islamic State’s Forays in North Africa: Libya, Tunisia and Egypt

    The Islamic State’s Forays in North Africa: Libya, Tunisia and Egypt

    China, like Russia, suffers from domestic terrorism (the Uyghur East Turkestan Islamic Movement). Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has put China on a list of countries accused of persecuting Muslims, thus making it a target for jihad.

    December 17, 2014

    Kurds sole ‘boots on ground’ against Islamic State

    Bitter last ditch battles are being fought by Kurdish men and women, including boys and girls barely out of their teens, against the Daesh. Some feel that to succeed, Washington must cooperate with the Syrian Kurds (YPG) as Kurdish fighters alone have proved willing and capable of taking on the Daesh.

    October 09, 2014

    Saudis join war against Islamic State; many sceptical

    Saudis join war against Islamic State; many sceptical

    The participation by the Saudi royal family in the US-led bombing of Daesh positions in Syria indicates Riyadh’s implacable opposition to the mercenary group. Iran, however, has dismissed the air strikes as a “psychological operation”, not a military one.

    September 29, 2014

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