Everyone Who Wants To Destroy ISIS Needs To Know One Hard Truth

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But there is one thing everyone must realize in the anti-ISIS crusade: Given the momentum that ISIS has built over the past two years in Syria and Iraq, it will be very difficult to dislodge them from the region. To actually do it will require a full-scale war.

“If destroying ISIL becomes the near-term policy goal—which seems the likely outcome of saying you are going to ‘roll back’ the group—then 10,000-15,000 troops vastly understates the true commitment, which will actually require years, direct military action on both sides of the Iraq/Syria border, tens (if not hundreds) of billions of dollars, and many more than 15,000 troops,” counterterrorism expert Brian Fishman writes in War on the Rocks. “ISIL is an inherently resilient organization—look how far they have come since getting ‘rolled back’ during the Surge in 2007 when 150,000 American troops were occupying the country.”

ISIS has gone through many iterations since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and is now at its most powerful point as they control a vast swath of territory across Syria and Iraq. What has become a de facto criminal petrostate brings in nearly $12 million a month in revenues from extortion and other shady practices in the Iraqi city of Mosul alone in addition to $1 million to $3 million a day selling oil illegally.

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2 thoughts on “Everyone Who Wants To Destroy ISIS Needs To Know One Hard Truth”

  1. I would suggest that the only policy that will work is the “scortched Earth” approach. That means when the troops go in they take no prisoners and destroy everything down to the soil.
    Anything less than this approach automatically designs a situation where who ever is left will someday be willing to fight us on our own soil and win. I suggest this because I feel that ISIS is doing something very similar. The idea being to destroy anyone that is different from themselves as the attack and killing goes on where ever ISIS wins a battle.
    Many innocent people will die if this approach is taken. Yet ISIS has no problem with that when it is in their favor. The entire thing is a generation of hatred on both sides of the situation. It will spread here if we are not very careful. At which point, the “scortched Earth approach” will seem perfectly reasonable to anyone that survives their efforts.
    There is a mind-set on our enemy’s part. I have seen that mind-set before. It is the regeneration of intense hatred for anyone that is not the same as you are. It has hit a number of peoples in history.
    As for those combat vehicles, I wondered who they conned into taking them. Any vehicle getting approximately 8-9 miles per gallon is a logistic nightmare.

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