Saturday, 13 September 2014

Five Hidden Risks of U.S. Action Against the Islamic State - Syria in Crisis - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Five Hidden Risks of U.S. Action Against the Islamic State - Syria in Crisis - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

U.S. President Barack Obama’s four-pronged strategy of air strikes, support to local proxies, defense against the Islamic State’s attacks through intelligence and counterterrorism, and humanitarian assistance leaves many unanswered questions. It’s hardly a clear articulation of the sort of long-term, holistic strategy needed to deny the Islamic State the fertile ground it needs to thrive. The approach is fraught with trade-offs, risks, and hidden costs that need to be addressed.

  1. The focus on targeting the Islamic State’s leadership...
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