Accession Number : AD1038931

Title :   Evaluating the US Counter-ISIL Strategy

Descriptive Note : Technical Report,05 Jul 2016,25 May 2017

Corporate Author : US Army School for Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States

Personal Author(s) : Curl,Jason A

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Report Date : 25 May 2017

Pagination or Media Count : 43

Abstract : Although ISIL is not an existential threat to the United States or its allies, it will continue to inflict many casualties world-wide and commit uncountable atrocities in Iraq and Syria. The current US strategy is putting pressure on ISIL militarily and economically but it will take a long time. The sixty-two nation coalition has already arrested ISIL's expansion and allowed the Iraqi Security Forces to gain back ground. The coalition's operations will continue to erode ISIL's finances, legitimacy, and aspirations of becoming an actual state. The most significant obstacle that the United States faces in this conflict is the lack of governance in Syria to provide for the people. Until this exists, ISIL or another similar group, will always have a following. Also, efforts to paint ISIL as not Islamic are problematic because their leader has a PhD in Islamic studies and they use media very effectively to show the religious legitimacy of their actions. Finally, efforts to prevent the flow of ISIL supporters into Syria and Iraq could cause more attacks at home.

Descriptors :   military strategy , Iraq , Syria , military forces (foreign) , department of defense , department of homeland security , joint military activities , task forces , terrorists , international security , foreign relations , united states government , intelligence community (united states) , military training , counterterrorism

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE