Tagged: Islamic

Unpacking the Islamic State

“The Islamic State is an alarming phenomenon. It may wither and die as quickly as it has emerged, or it may prove to be the catalyst for major change within the region and beyond.” In the November 2014 publication, “The Islamic State“, the Soufan Group details the complex story of...

President Obama Announces U.S. Intent and Strategy to Defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)

“If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.”  On September 10, 2014, President Barack Obama delivered a speech to the American Public declaring the intent of the United States government to respond strongly to the emergence of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known...

Ethnic Cleansing on a Historic Scale

Fleeing possible capture, abduction, death, Islamic conversion or separation from family are just some of the conditions that northern Iraq communities are now facing. Amnesty International just released a report, “Ethnic Cleansing on a Historic Scale: Islamic State’s Systematic Targeting of Minorities in Northern Iraq” describing the terror situation of thousands of ethnic...

New CSIS Report Forecasts Dissolution of Iraq Security Forces, Signals Necessary Reforms

On Friday June 12th, the Arleigh Burke Chair in Strategy from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) released a report, Shaping Iraq’s Security Forces which sheds light on the current state of Iraqi Security Forces and the observable decline since 2011. In light of recent events involving militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and...