For John, BLUF: What is beyond the next ridge? Nothing to see here; just move along.
From The Soufan Group we have a review on "Defeating the Islamic State". The Soufan Group is headed by former FBI Agent Ali Soufan. Here is the Bottom Line Up Front:
- The tremendous effort required to topple the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq will pale compared to the effort necessary to prevent its return
- The end of 2015 sees the Islamic State in worse shape than at the start of the year, but the group’s defeat in the long term is far less certain
- Destroying the Islamic State militarily will prove inadequate towards addressing the local divisions and regional sectarianism that fueled its rise
- There must be clear paths for moderates in Syria, Iraq, and other conflict zones to deliver tangible improvements following military victory over extremist groups.
Regards — Cliff