Frontline: Who’s Who in the Fight Against ISIS?
The global fight against ISIS has been halting and complex since it began in late 2014.
The United States has led an international coalition of more than 60 countries against ISIS. Some nations — including the United Kingdom, Australia, France and a handful of regional powers — have helped launch airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, while others have cracked down on the flow of funds and foreign fighters to ISIS. Still others have contributed humanitarian aid, taken in refugees or provided weapons and training to fighters on the ground.
But while the U.S. has maintained a narrow focus on degrading and ultimately defeating ISIS, competing agendas among a group of eight key players involved in the fight have served to complicate that effort. Here’s how.
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- October 12. 2016
When will Iran abandon Bashar al-Assad? -- Ahmed al-Burai, Al Jazeera
What US-Russia fallout means for Syria -- Paul J. Saunders, Al-Monitor
Don’t Kill Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi -- Michael Rubin, National Interest
Yemen on the edge -- Peter Salisbury, VICE News
Former Diplomat: Middle East on the Edge of Political, Social Implosion -- John Grady, USNI News
This is what it feels like to be an ordinary Kurd caught in the tragedy of Turkey’s turmoil -- Robert Fisk, The Independent
The frighteningly high human and financial costs of war -- Rami G Khouri, Al Jazeera
Combatting Haqqani Network is Key to Afghan Strategy -- Bennett Seftel, Cipher Brief
If Duterte Kicks Out SOCOM, a Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall -- Ryan Rockwell, War on the Rocks
Is America Really China’s Greatest Security Threat? -- Bonnie Kristian, The Diplomat
India Stops Turning the Other Cheek -- Shashi Tharoor, Project Syndicate
Will Somalia's Elections Change the War on Al-Shabaab? -- James Barnett, National Interest
Russian Spycraft: How the Kremlin Hacked Its Way Into a Crisis -- Vladimir Frolov, Moscow Times
US election: Have Russian hackers already handed Putin a win? -- Matthew Chance, CNN
After Attributing a Cyberattack to Russia, the Most Likely Response Is Non Cyber -- Adam Segal, CFR