Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- March 22, 2017

Tim Lister, CNN: Islamic State 2.0: As the caliphate crumbles, ISIS evolves

ISIS is on the back foot.

Nearly three years since the group's elusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a self-styled Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, ISIS is reeling from losses across its so-called "caliphate."

It is fast losing its grip on Mosul, its biggest hub in Iraq, and its de-facto capital in Syria -- Raqqa -- is all but surrounded.

But it's not just territory that the militant group is losing.

Over the last six months, ISIS has seen its finances slashed, media operations crippled and several high-ranking leaders killed or captured.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- March 22, 2017

Why America Can't Win the War in Afghanistan -- Daniel L. Davis, National Interest

The New Era in China-U.S. Relations Begins -- Seth Cropsey, RCW

North Korea's Most Surprising Acquaintances -- Eleanor Ross, Newsweek

Why China Must Confront North Korea -- Mitchell Blatt, National Interest

Why the sudden collapse of North Korea would be hell on Earth -- Harry J. Kazianis, The Week

Is Modi Too Powerful for His Own Good? -- Mihir Sharma, Bloomberg

Corrupt Leaders Thrust South Sudan Into Famine and Abject Ruin -- John Prendergast, Daily Beast

How annexing Crimea allowed Putin to claim he had made Russia great again -- Sophie Pinkham, The Guardian

Keeping the Balkan Ghosts at Bay -- Carl Bildt, Project Syndicate

Europe's Reverse Domino Effect: No One Is Following Britain Out of the EU -- Pierpaolo Barbieri, Foreign Affairs

What Now for Europe's East? -- Joel Weickgenan, RCW

Islamist terrorists are increasingly sophisticated, so the laptop ban is inevitable -- Con Coughlin, The Telegraph

Trump Just Hired His Next Scandal -- Eli Lake, Bloomberg

Comey Is Now the Most Powerful Person in Washington -- Eli Lake, Bloomberg

What Is the “Deep State”? -- Fritz Lodge, Cipher Brief

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

ISIS is about religious extremists, something that the west has moved away from. Each religion will have their extremists, the difference is that today we don't need vast armies of loyal supporters ready to die for their god. But alot of countries cling to their old ways, Islam for example can directly relate to 50% of a children's curriculum.

You will never eradicate ISIS, for they are born and breed fighters manipulated by their own education systems. Just as viking who fought and died valiantly to enter valhalla. You can murder and maim anyone claiming to be ISIS but i do expect for the next 20-30 years that ISIS will carry on staging terror attacks on its enemies. Not to mention the biggest threat is in fact migration birth rates and an extending legacy of religious beliefs in which non believers are beheaded.