FIIA Comment

FIIA Comment 19 (2014)   

Islamic soul-searching on scorched earth:
ISIL launches a new brand of Islamism, which requires a uniform coalition to be defeated

Published 2.12.2014

Wolfgang Mühlberger
The Finnish Institute of International Affairs

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The strength of ISIL (Da’ish) has been assured by its adversaries’ weakness. The movement can also bank on support from several regional players, who have now, paradoxically, joined the anti-ISIL coalition. Any effective strategy to defeat the jihadis must be based on a shared goal and sequenced to ensure long-term success.