The former global counter-terrorism director of MI6 says repentant jihadis can do more to spread the word about Islamic State brutality than any government
Possibly the only thing that Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of al-Qaida, has ever said worth noting is that the United States and its allies will never defeat al-Qaida for so long as they see it as an organisation rather than as an idea. Although the so-called Islamic State looks much more like an organisation than al-Qaida ever has, the same truism applies: it might be weakened by an extended military campaign either side of the Iraq/Syria border, but it would not disappear. In fact, while its organisational strength would decline, its appeal as a victim of western aggression might well increase.
Quasi-terrorist groups such as Islamic State attract a wide range of supporters motivated by a complex mix of aspiration, frustration, idealism and evil. Indeed, a study by the Soufan Group calculates that by June 2014, there were around 12,000 fighters from 81 countries in Syria and Iraq and the subsequent capture of Mosul and the declaration of a caliphate are likely to have brought in even more who believe that the Islamic State can offer them something that is lacking from their current lives. Continue reading…
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