Al Qaeda, United States, Iraq discussed on All Things Considered


The problem that we envisioned perhaps a few years ago of thousands and thousands of a foreign fighters departing the conflict zone once the war started to subside that's what we anticipated happening and it's not happening in those numbers so most of this new sounds pretty good isis has no safe haven it's fighters are on the run and they aren't escaping abroad in large numbers but remember this the forerunner of isis was al qaeda in iraq the us and its allies dismantled that group a decade ago it thin reemerged is isis stronger than ever as conditions proved more favorable this included the chaotic arab uprisings of 2011 and the us military withdrawal from iraq that same year this lesson is not lost on isis it is far easier to kill a terrorist than to slain ideology and that has always vexed they folks who or prosecuted in the campaign gehlsen marc lamont as with the council on foreign relations the us has a good record when it comes to winning battles in the middle east what's hard she says is the aftermath and as long as the ground is still right for insurgency it's very hard to keep a war ended and the truth is no one really wants to pay for the rebuilding nationbuilding is a fourteen letter word that has become a fourletter word the islamic state stresses that it's waging a long war and the hard core leadership sees the recent setbacks as something that can be reversed greg my ry npr news washington for years prisoners at the guantanamo bay naval base have had a creative outlet art three dozen pieces of that artwork are now on display at john j college of criminal justice in new york but the pentagon is not on board with the exhibit andras david vaughn the reports the show has prompted the defense department to clamp down on inmate art the dispute over the guantanamo artwork really comes down to one question who owns it for commander and lee analyst the prison camps spokeswoman the.

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