Syria, Kaieda, South Asia discussed on All Things Considered


That in a number of different ways it's abandoned largely its headquarters and raka and relocated to maya dean and other places in syria and taking a page from all kaieda's playbook from a decade ago isis is similarly developed a series of branches throughout out north africa the middle east south asia that will rely upon to ensure the movement's longevity it does hold some territory in iraq though right and to talk about that a little bit the full of mosul i think this is the first step isis still is in possession of tall afar even though that's largely surrounded by yoshiya paramilitay terry forces it hold so he dra and largely most of the western part of an bar province so rest by no means been visser rate of from iraq and what does that mean for it i mean being able to hold some territories is important still must be well it stays it stays in the news it perpetuates the image south and islamic state of a caliphate at i think most significantly it creates the opportunities for revenge another words that even in its defeat in most seoul and elsewhere it is able to summon a new generation of followers who are motivated not just by the supposed paradise or jehad utopia sza that isis was building in western iraq but to fight to lay down their lives to regain what has been lost what is taken away from them the group of course has directed an inspired attacks outside of the region in europe and other parts of the west you think will be seeing more of those now that things are changing to them for them on the ground one of the most disturbing aspects of isis preparations for what i would argue its eventual loss of territory has been the cultivation of a fairly robust external operations arm that has really been built over the past three or four years even before the caliphate or the islamic state was declared and this work certainly exists in europe and elsewhere in south asia north africa's well and what's critical is already last september a abubaka albayati the leader of isis called upon his followers not to come to the levant in iraq to fight but instead to migrate to the branches and to strengthen the branch sia's so that precisely the branches could continue the struggle and tragically.

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